Real World Gardener Plant Doctor and Fruit Fly

September 28th, 2014

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proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.comThis next topic in Plant Doctor has some of us squirming when we remember cutting open a fruit or vegetable to find wrigglers inside and the flesh actually quite smelly and rotten.

Sometimes you have a tell tale spot the size of a pin head on the outside of the fruit-usually on oranges, and sometimes when you touch the fruit, some of it’s firm but one half is quite soft and squishy.

At this point you’re dreading to cut it open and it gets to that point when you start dreading even cutting open alright looking fruit.

Fruit fly looks like a wasp with a pointy tail.

The female mates and lays eggs into any fruits-Lilly Pilly fruits, chillies, citrus anything at all.

The maggots wriggle out then drop to the ground to pupate.

Being a native insect the fruit fly can live in the bush then come into your garden when the season is right.



However, the female only has to mate once or twice to then lay thousands of eggs, so to you need either exclusion netting or splash baits for the female fruit fly.

Exclusion netting is great if you have small trees that are manageable.Lures are a good way of detecting whether or not you have the problem and of course spraying pheromones is the safest way to go to catch the male.

If you have any questions or photos of fruit fly, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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