Know your enemy
I thought I was winning. Until yesterday when I discovered about a dozen maggots very happily jumping around in the container with the tomatoes that were almost ripe enough to eat.
I thought I would pop them in a plastic bag and cook them in the sun to get rid of the pests. You wouldn't believe it but some of them are still alive after twenty four hours of this treatment.
I have really learnt a lot about the fruit fly in this little interlude. How many there can be in one piece of fruit, how far the maggots can hop and jump and how hard they are too kill. I'll be treating them with a new respect and a new vigour.
I plan to win this war! So the more I know about them the better. I was also a bit daunted to read that home made baits are next to useless and catch more beneficial insects than anything else! I guess I'll try some of the commercial traps that are safe to use in organic gardens, but next year i plan to net the early trees and hopefully stop the problem before it starts.
On a happier note the cherry Roma's and tigerillas seem largely unaffected and I will make loads of green tomato chutney which we love and is always a popular gift.