Biosecurity SA has declared an outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (med-fly) in Kilburn following the detection of a single female fly in the area on Friday 2 February 2018, with a total of three single flies detected within the previous 14 days.
A 1.5km outbreak area has been established around the detection point and quarantine restrictions apply.
Affected suburbs include Kilburn and small areas of Blair Athol, Dry Creek, Enfield, Gepps Cross, Prospect, Regency Park and Wingfield.
Chief Plant Health Officer at Biosecurity SA, Geoff Raven said staff have commenced an eradication program aimed at eliminating any fruit flies from the outbreak area and nearby surrounds.
“Residents and businesses within the outbreak area will be receiving information from Biosecurity SA about the outbreak and associated quarantine, detailing what part they can play in preventing its spread,” he said.
“An organic bait spotting program will be undertaken with staff also concentrating on the removal of fallen fruit from properties within the affected 200m outbreak zone area.
“Mediterranean fruit fly doesn’t exist in South Australia and can only be brought into our state from infested fruit originating from Western Australia.
“This outbreak, is separate from last month’s Queensland fruit fly outbreaks in West Hindmarsh and Woodville Gardens and has no impact on our fruit fly free status. We are liaising with the horticultural industry on the outbreak and our eradication campaign.
“It is the first time since the 2013-14 season that both Mediterranean and Queensland fruit fly outbreaks have occurred.”
Mr Raven said residents and businesses inside the quarantine area could help eliminate fruit fly by practising a few simple measures, including:
- DO NOT give away or move any fruit or fruiting vegetables, including tomatoes, capsicums, chillies and eggplants unless cooked or preserved
- DO NOT leave fruit or fruiting vegetables lying on the ground
- DO NOT compost any fruit or fruiting vegetables, including those purchased from a shop
- DO place all unwanted fruit and vegetables in your green bin for normal collection
- DO report any maggots found in fruit or fruiting vegetables immediately to the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010
- DO cook or preserve excess fruit and fruiting vegetables.
At this stage, if no further wild flies or larvae are detected it is anticipated that the quarantine in Kilburn will remain in place until at least 27 April 2018.
For more information, including detailed maps of outbreak areas, the quarantine zone and Suspension Area are available from www.pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly