Growers getting field practice and advice on pest monitoring and identification.
Growers getting field practice and advice on pest monitoring and identification.

Locals help destroy common pests

BACKYARD gardeners and bug-haters are being asked to help wipe out common pests across Bundaberg, by volunteering a few hours of their time.

Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers (BFVG) is testing a network of pheromone traps, with help from volunteers and the Bureau of Rural Science.

The traps will be set at up to 50 sites north and south of Bundaberg for insects including helithosis, macadamia nut borers, and the Queensland fruit fly.

“With so many pests of significance to the industry having a diverse habitat in both agricultural and urban environments, a more coordinated approach is necessary for pest management,” BFVG project officer Peter Hockings said.

“The idea is that the community can help us maintain a network, and also to get a feel for hotspots for certain bugs that might get into their tomato patch.”

He said the program would reduce the need for chemical sprays, improve sustainability and biodiversity, and create a more strategic response to seasonal pest pressures.

Volunteers need to undergo a short training session, then visit a trap about once a month to determine how effective it was.

Attend an information meeting for the community monitoring program at Bundaberg Enterprise Centre, Wednesday, September 8, 5 to 7pm. RSVP by phoning BFVG on 4153 3007.



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