Applied Horticultural Research has made it a bit easier to get up to speed with the most effective ways to deal with fruit flies. The organisation has produced a series of videos on the strategies growers can use to manage fruit flies in vegetable crops.
The videos focus on the fruit fly life-cycle, monitoring the population, use of protein baiting, MAT and female traps and finally, barriers and hygiene.
Fruit flies can breed rapidly, disperse widely and successfully infest most fruit and fruiting vegetables. The larvae not only destroy infested fruit but are a major quarantine issue for both domestic and international markets.
The information in the videos is explained in more detail in the accompanying "Fruit fly management for vegetable growers" handbook.