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Old 16-02-2003, 03:59 AM
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"Janet" wrote:

Can someone please give me some idea on how to keep fruit fly from

ruining
my capsicums.


Fruit fly usually appear in my back yard from January, so I use these

methods:

* avoid growing things that fruit fly eat, if you can (I plant tomatoes
because you can't get decent ones at the shops). I suppose I am asking if

you
really want to grow capsicum.

* grow varieties that fruit fly aren't keen on (eg cherry tomatoes -- and

they
haven't gone for my mini capsicum either).

* plant early-cropping varieties (though I'm not sure this is possible in
Hervey Bay -- do you get them all year round?)

* Practice good garden hygiene -- remove blown fruit, tie up in plastic

bag
and leave in sunshine before composting, or toss in garbage.

* Spray with pyrethrum

* Spray with stronger stuff and hang baits.

I have a toddler so I am avoiding spraying/baiting. Fortunately the
unseasonally low humidity seems to have kept them away this year.
Unfortunately it's also meant that the tomatoes don't bear very well!


Would using plastic bags help? I don't like spraying either. It's onerous
work, I know.



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Old 23-02-2003, 06:05 AM
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"Gabra" wrote:

Would using plastic bags help? I don't like spraying either. It's onerous
work, I know.


Maybe paper bags would be better -- people use them on mango trees.

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