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Sterile insects released in suburban strike

Saturday 1 October 2016

The latest weapon in the eradication of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) from the Adelaide metropolitan area commenced today with the spring release of sterile fruit fly in the outbreak areas.


This latest release of 14 million sterile insects by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is part of the eradication program of MFF from Clarence Park/Kurralta Park, Highgate and Colonel Light Gardens outbreak areas following the declaration of MFF outbreaks earlier this year.

A 1.5 kilometre quarantine zone remains in place in the outbreak areas until the end of December 2016 as part of the eradication program. This includes restrictions on the movement of non-commercial and home-grown fruit and vegetables from the quarantine areas.

For a list of suburbs within the Adelaide fruit fly quarantine zone visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/fruit_fly/fruit_fly_outbreaks.

Quotes attributable to Primary Industries and Regions SA’s Executive Director of Biosecurity SA, Geoff Raven

The release of sterile fruit flies has become an integral part of PIRSA’s eradication program against isolated fruit fly outbreaks such as the MFF outbreak which we are currently experiencing in the metropolitan area.

In May we released nine million sterile flies targeting priority areas in Clarence Park and Highgate. This latest release will target the Kurralta Park, Camden Park and Colonel Light Gardens areas.

These insects will mate with any surviving Mediterranean fruit flies in the outbreak area to eradicate any remaining wild population.

Monitoring of fruit fly traps in these areas is ongoing and recent reports indicate the eradication program, which includes earlier response phases of bait spotting and removing fallen fruit, is progressing well. This latest sterile insect release is essentially an insurance policy to ensure that these areas can once again be declared fruit fly free.

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.

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.

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

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