Maintain your home garden
Reduce the spread of fruit fly by following these maintenance practices in your home garden.
What to do if you're in an outbreak area
Keeping and disposing of fruit on your property
If you live in a red area follow the restrictions for the area.
If you live in a yellow area follow restrictions for the area.
Check your fruit
- maggots by cutting your fruit in half and looking for maggots
- blemishes on the skin of the fruit where the female fruit fly can lay eggs.
If you find maggots or anything that looks suspicious, put the fruit in an airtight container and contact the 24 hour Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010.
Pick your fruit
Picking your fruit and vegetables helps break the fruit fly life cycle.
If you live in an outbreak area, immediately pick any fruit and vegetables at risk from fruit fly from your trees and plants and either eat, cook or preserve it.
Residents in these areas need to:
- Pick all fruit and vegetables in your garden that are at risk from fruit fly as soon as possible – view the complete list
- If you are home, give PIRSA access to your garden so they can complete their work
- If you are not home during the day, please leave your gate or access point unlocked to give us access to your garden. We will close the gate upon completion of our work.
Trim and prune your fruit trees
Trimming and pruning your trees makes it easier to harvest your fruit and eliminate potential sources for fruit flies from unharvested fruit left high up on tree branches.
Organic materials that have had bait applied, such as leaf litter and tree branches, are safe to compost. Remember, fruit and vegetables must not be composted – these are to go in your green bin.
Clean up fallen fruit
Cleaning up fallen fruit from your garden helps to prevent female fruit flies from finding a place to lay eggs.
Allow PIRSA access to your garden for baiting
Baiting is a critical step to eliminate fruit flies from red outbreak areas.
If you live in an outbreak area, PIRSA staff may visit your property. Please allow easy access to your front and back gardens so they can do their work quickly. All our staff are fully trained, have official photo ID and will be wearing orange overalls. See more about baiting and fruit fly traps in your garden.
If you have any concerns about PIRSA staff on your premises, call the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010.
Preventing fruit fly in your home garden
Even if you’re not in an outbreak area, we still need your help to prevent fruit fly. A clean garden helps stop fruit fly reproducing by interrupting the lifecycle.
What you can do:
- learn how to identify fruit fly and what fruit and vegetables are at risk
- pick fruit and vegetables in your garden immediately
- clean up fallen fruit from the ground
- understand the restrictions in place to limit the movement of some fruit and vegetables
- report any maggots in fruit or vegetables to the Fruit Fly Hotline 1300 666 010
- watch our short video on how to stop fruit fly in your backyard
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