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Residents reminded to help keep SA fruit fly free

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Biosecurity SA is calling on residents within fruit fly quarantine affected areas to keep up the fight against the devastating fruit pest, by preventing the movement of home grown fruit and vegetables.


Residents are reminded not to give away fruit or vegetables including tomatoes, capsicums, chillies and eggplants unless they have been cooked or preserved.

Regularly checking fruit for any unusual activity, such as larvae or maggots, and disposing of any fallen fruit are other ways residents can assist with the eradication of fruit fly.

Restrictions on the movement of non-commercial and home-grown fruit and vegetables within the quarantine area will be in force until the end of December 2016.

For a list of suburbs within the Adelaide fruit fly quarantine zone visit the Fruit Fly outbreaks page.

Background

Biosecurity SA is currently responding to three separate outbreaks of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) following the detection of flies and larvae in home-grown fruit at properties in Adelaide’s inner southern suburbs.

The first detection of MFF was confirmed on 25 February 2016 in Clarence Park with further detections in Highgate in April 2016 and Colonel Light Gardens in May 2016.

While field activities to eradicate MFF have been completed and the release of sterile male MFF is suspended during the winter months, monitoring of fruit fly traps in these areas is ongoing. Recent reports indicate the eradication program is progressing well.

Residents and business concerned about possible fruit fly infestation can call the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010.

Isolated detections of fruit fly do not impact on South Australia’s status as the only mainland state in Australia which is fruit fly free.

Quotes attributable to Nick Secomb, Manager Plant Health Operations, Biosecurity SA

While fruit fly activity is expected to be low in winter, it’s still possible for the pest to survive in fruit and vegetables and therefore it’s vital that residents to abide by movement restrictions to prevent fruit fly from being moved out of affected areas.  

As the weather warms in spring, people should remain vigilant and check fruit for any signs of fruit fly larvae.

It is also timely to remind anyone travelling into the Riverland, even if you are not living within the quarantine area, that you cannot bring fruit and vegetables into the region unless you have an itemised shop receipt showing the produce was purchased from a South Australian retailer.

It is imperative for South Australia’s horticultural industries and also for those who wish to continue growing fruit and vegetables in their backyard, that we eradicate this pest.

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