Tree removal protects against fruit fly

Removing unwanted or unmanaged fruit trees disrupts fruit fly habitat, making it more difficult for the pest to spread.

Goulburn Murray Valley fruit fly management program co-ordinator Ross Abberfield said residents with a fruit tree they no longer want or find difficult to manage are urged to contact their council and have it removed free of charge, to help protect against the fruit fly. .

“All it takes is one unmanaged fruit tree to provide a potential food source for new generations of fruit flies,” Abberfield said.

“By removing fruit trees and host plants that are unwanted or can no longer be managed, it is more difficult for fruit flies to find suitable habitat to lay eggs and reproduce, resulting in a rapid increase in the number of fruit flies”.

The fruit fly can infest a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, rendering them inedible.

Fruits and vegetables susceptible to the fruit fly include stone fruits, apples and pears, citrus fruits, strawberries, figs, tomatoes and peppers.

Landowners in the Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira and Shepparton council areas can have a fruit tree removed under the Fruit Tree Removal Program by collecting an application form from their participating council or by visiting: www.fruitflycontrol.com.au

The tree removal program is provided free of charge to land and landowners and allows the removal of unmanaged fruit trees and plants from orchards, private residences and public areas such as nature strips.

All tree removal work undertaken under the program is carried out by fully insured professional contractors at no cost to the owner.

Community members are also encouraged to report unmanaged fruit trees on public lands, roadsides, streams, reserves and channel banks by emailing: [email protected]

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