Do you have a problem with the Queensland fruit fly (or Qfly, Bactrocera tryoni)? Jim’s are your Queensland fruit fly control experts. Our local technicians are experienced, fully trained, and insured, and you can trust the Jim’s name to help you with any fly or general pest problem. We’re here for you when you need us.
If you’re on the hunt for quality and experienced Qfly control , call Jim’s on 131 546 to chat with your local pest expert.
Why is Queensland Fruit Fly Control necessary?
The Qfy is one of the most destructive pests of fruit and vegetables in Australia. The pest is native to eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales, but unfortunately has migrated further afield due to the transportation of infected fruit, planting of exotic host crops, and of course climate change.
For Queensland fruit fly control, make sure you identify them first
Correct identification of a pest is very important to establish before a solution is devised.
A dead give away is that all fruit flies hold their wings outstretched in a horizontal position when walking, and flick them in a unique manner.
Don’t be fooled by the little flies that fly up into the air when your compost bin lid is raised, or fly around rotting fruit. These insects are Vinegar Flies, and they are harmless (NOT fruit flies).
The other types of flies which are commonly mistaken for fruit flies are the ones that gather around indoor plants and fly around people’s faces indoors. You’ll often see them around if food waste is left in in uncovered bins too. These are Fungus Gnats, and they are also NOT fruit flies.
Queensland fruit fly or Qfly (Bactrocera tryoni)
- Approximately 6-8mm long.
- The head has red eyes and two very short antennae which are barely visible.
- The thorax (middle section between head and abdomen) is reddish-brown with and distinct yellow patches on the sides and back.
- The abdomen (rear section of the body) is solid dark brown in colour, while the legs are a lighter shade of brown.
- The wings are clear with no markings.
Mediterranean fruit fly or Medfly (Ceratitis capitata)
- Much smaller at 3-5mm long.
- The head also has red eyes and two very short antennae which are barely visible.
- The thorax (middle section between head and abdomen) has an irregular mosaic of black and silver patches.
- The abdomen (rear section of the body) has two light-coloured rings circling around it.
- The wings are not clear, but mottled with distinct brown bands extending to the wing tips.