QFF: Put out Wild May and protein lures NOW
September is when Queensland Fruit Fly will begin mating and sting your fruit and vegetables. Take action to prevent this.
- Wild May in lures to attract the males
- Ceratraps or other protein lures to attract females and males
- Place the lures 1.5 to 2m high in tree canopies if possible, and on the east side, out of direct sunlight.
- Monitor these weekly and top up Wild May which is quick to evaporate, weekly also. (Ceratraps don’t need topping up as they will last 3-4 months).
- Net fruit and vegies such as tomato, eggplant, capsicum and chilli if possible as exclusion is the best protection.
Wild May, lure bottles and 6m wide netting are available from the Sustainable Macleod shop at cost price.
Items can be collected from the Sustainable Macleod Community Garden on Wednesdays and Saturdays 1pm-4pm.
Written by Robin Gale-Baker