Pests come in all shapes and forms. Obviously the bigger they are the more damage they can do, but often it is easier to keep out the larger than the smaller. The larger pests, wallabies, possums, rats birds, etc. need a barrier to stop them from doing damage which is not always easy to erect, but once you have them in place are usually effective.
As I garden in a lot of above ground containers, (old baths, laundry tubs, sacks, etc.), it stops some of the access that normal garden beds give to pests. It also allows me to make cage shields which fit the container. The cages are wooden framed with steel mesh. The smaller meshed ones are the best as they keep out even moths, but as I got the mesh given to me I have used all of it and if I am protecting things that moths don't like everything is hunkey dorey.
Smaller insects like fruit fly need vege net. It works very well, but it's always a struggle to have enough and move it on to the next crop in time. I find that it degrades in sun but will last for around 3 years before it starts to shred. It is expensive to buy, especially from places like Green Harvest. A place in Stanthorpe that either makes it or distributes it called NETPRO (I think) will sell large pieces which could be cut up if a group of people wanted to club together. This would be by far the most cost effective way of getting some.
I use frames to hang it on made from star pickets and bamboo or PVC pipe strung across and tied. I often used wooden pegs to fix the net to the bath edges.
I also clean up any stung fruit religiously, although there is not a lot of this these days, the damn FF always seem to be able to find something to ruin. I have not had much success with sprays / baiting and to put the recommended Wild May or similar bait stations around would be very costly.
Possums don't like netting that waves around and is not fixed. So I have used a small fence of chook mesh around 2 to 3 feet high around a garden bed. This is not tied but just pushed up against the walls of the garden bed and it flops around at the top. Apparently Possums will not climb anything that is not secure so this seems to keep them out.
I will post some photos when the website is back to normal.
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