THE cooler weather has weeds growing off the charts and pest weeds are certainly enjoying the change in weather but a particular declared weed that is acting as a safe haven for fruit fly, is a big concern.
The declared weed, African boxthorn, is taking advantage of the recent cooler weather and moisture, so it is an ideal time for control, according to Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board's district manager Hannah Spronk.
"It will look green and healthy, which offers the ideal time for control as the weed is easily seen," she said.
"Season change and different weather conditions dictate what plants grow and weeds are no different."
Ms Spronk said African boxthorn remained a focus pest weed for control in priority locations across the region.
"Infestations left uncontrolled can invade roadsides and native vegetation. Their thorns can be rather nasty if you get to close, and the plants can provide shelter for pest animals such as foxes and rabbits and a home for fruit flies."
Fruit fly are also attracted to the weed when other food sources are limited, the small red berries offer refuge for fruit fly.
This supports the fruit fly to stay long enough in our environment to attack other fruit crops, according to Ms Spronk.
Roadsides and properties are a priority, especially any heavily infested areas and those with remnant native vegetation.
Each winter, district staff work with landholders and contractors on control in priority areas, and while the majority of efforts are effective, there are always new plants sneaking into the landscape.
"Now is the time to follow up and do targeted control of any new plants or regrowth," Ms Spronk said.
"We are keen to work with landholders and encourage them to call us. We can provide advice and expertise to help them get on top of the problem."
For advice on identification and control options or assistance with other pest plant or animal issues, landholders are encouraged to contact their local Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board office.
This District team is supported by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board through funding from the landscape levies.
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