There are different types of flies found in Western Australia, and many of them never bother us – in fact, many species of flies are useful for pollination and disposal of manure.  We’re all painfully aware, however, that the flies that do pester us range in nuisance value from annoying to dangerous to our health and damaging to important industries.

House flies, bush flies, blow flies March flies/horse flies

Besides being a nuisance, flies can also carry bacteria.  You can prevent flies breeding in and around your home by taking some basic steps:

  • Make sure your rubbish an recycling bins are clean and closed at all times;
  • Wrap all food scraps tightly and place them in the bin immediately;
  • Keep poultry and pet areas clean at all times.
  • Don't leave lawn clippings in heaps, rake them out thinly;
  • Dig any manures and fertilisers well into the soil.

The Department of Health has further information on the life cycle of flies, diseases caused by flies, and control of flies here.

Fruit fly

The fruit fly, or medfly, is a serious horticultural pest in Western Australia, causing untold damage to crops and reducing income for our growers and farmers.

Fruit fly is a declared pest under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, and it is mandatory to control in some areas of Western Australia, including Armadale, Kalamunda, Mundaring, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Swan.

Here in Bassendean our proximity to the Swan Valley means we have a special responsibility to prevent the spread of fruit fly to family-run businesses in the area.

It is essential for backyard growers to dispose of fly-infested or unwanted fruit, including fruit left on the tree.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Agriculture and Food Team have put together a fantastic range of information on identifying and controlling fruit fly.

Preventing the spread of fruit fly to our producers in the Swan Valley means we’ll be able to jump in the car and drive ten minutes to buy fresh, cheap fruit from the grower for years to come!

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