Maryborough residents are being called on to help control the Queensland Fruit Fly during the spring season.
Agriculture Victoria identified the pest in Maryborough earlier this year.
It is a relatively new pest for Maryborough despite it being found in other places such as Bendigo and Castlemaine areas for a number of years.
A community talk hosted by Agriculture Victoria will help show Maryborough residents how they can play a vital biosecurity role in their backyards this spring to help control Queensland Fruit Fly.
Fruit Fly Action Plan senior project officer Jane Ryan said the talk would give gardeners information needed to help deal with Queensland Fruit Fly.
"Managing fruit fly requires a combination of control measures throughout the year," she said.
"Gardeners can make a difference and - if everyone gets involved - these actions can be highly effective in controlling fruit fly numbers.
"If you find a piece of fruit with maggots in it, for example, make sure you destroy the fruit and maggots because just throwing it onto the ground or into your compost will help the fruit fly continue its lifecycle.
"Seal the fruit in a plastic bag and place it in the sun - ideally for seven days - to destroy eggs and maggots - and talk to your neighbours so they can check any fruit and vegetables in their gardens for stings or fruit fly maggots.
"If you have fruit trees in your garden but don't manage them, it's best to remove them so they don't become a haven for fruit fly and grow a population in your area."
The talk will take place on Thursday, November 14 at at 11.15am at the Maryborough Street Harvest on the corner of Nolan and Alma Streets
For more information and a full list of crops fruit fly can attack visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/qff
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