Biosecurity alerts: Queensland fruit fly updates

Making traps and bait at home

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Home-made fruit fly traps

The community can also participate by making a fruit fly trap. Making a trap is an easy and cost effective way of finding out if you have fruit flies on your property. You can also purchase a safe and organic foliar bait mixture to spray on your trees and prevent infestation.

For instructions, refer to the make-a-trap flyer and Medfly management video (also applicable to Qfly).

If you catch any fruit flies in your traps send a photo via our reporting options.

The department is keen to know about other fruit flies in the area, even if you think it might be Medfly, which is endemic in Perth. Qfly can be easily mistaken for Medfly, although Qfly is larger and reddish brown and has clear wings. 

Reporting options

About Qfly

Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) is a serious pest of fruit and vegetables. Qfly have clear wings unlike Medfly which have brown bands on their wings.
Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) is a serious pest of fruit and vegetables. Qfly have clear wings unlike Medfly which have brown bands on their wings.

Qfly is regarded to be a more serious pest than the endemic Medfly for a number of reasons including:

  • Qfly attacks a wider range of commercial and native trees, vine fruits, fruit and solanaceous fruiting vegetables such as eggplant, tomato, capsicum and chili.
  • Qfly can attack fruits and some fruiting vegetables at an earlier maturity stage.
  • More insecticide may need to be applied to fruits and vegetables.

Go to the Qfly web page for more information, including description.

Qfly host list

See the Quarantine Area Notice for a full host list.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - 4:50pm