Maintaining a home produce garden and controlling a fruit fly problem is demanding work. If you are finding it difficult to control fruit fly in your garden for whatever reason, there are two suggested options.
Option 1: Remove plants prone to fruit fly attack
If you do not want to have to deal with fruit fly in your garden, consider doing the following:
Host plant removal
Remove the plants that are prone to fruit fly attack from your garden.
If you still want some home grown produce, consider growing plants that are not preferred by fruit flies.
Consider growing small trees or shrubs in your garden instead of crop plants.
Option 2: Down-size your crop
If you still want to grow some fruit and vegetables in your garden, consider:
- planting less so that you can concentrate your efforts on just a few crops
- keeping only the crop plants and trees that you really want, remove the rest (host plant removal)
- pruning fruit trees heavily and thinning out fruiting buds (pruning)
- growing dwarf-sized varieties of fruit trees in pots for easier management
- growing early fruiting varieties that fruit before fruit flies become a problem
- with fewer crops to manage, protecting your crops using exclusion.