An outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) has been declared in Clarence Park following the detection of fruit fly larvae in home-grown peaches on 25 February 2016. The Outbreak Area has since been extended following further detections within the area. Go to the updated maps.
The extended quarantine zone now includes:
- Ascot Park
- Black Forest
- Brooklyn Park
- Camden Park
- Clarence Gardens
- Clarence Park
- Cumberland Park
- Daw Park
- Everard Park
- Kings Park
- Kurralta Park
- Melrose Park
- Mile End
- Mile End South
- North Plympton
- Plympton Park
- South Plympton
- Unley Park
- West Richmond.
All properties within the quarantine zone will be provided with advice on the detection, the eradication process and the quarantine arrangements.
The quarantine zone will remain in place until at least 19 December 2016.
This outbreak is not likely to impact any commercial growers and does not impact on South Australia's fruit fly free status.
Residents and businesses inside the quarantine area can help to eliminate fruit fly by practising a few simple measures:
- report any maggots found in fruit or fruiting vegetables immediately to the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010
- cook or preserve excess fruit and fruiting vegetables.
- give away or move any fruit or fruiting vegetables, including:
- leave fruit or fruiting vegetables lying on the ground
- compost any fruit or fruiting vegetables, including those purchased from a shop
A 7.5km suspension area has also been established. This isn't expected to impact any commercial growers.
However if you are a commercial grower within the suspension area, you can apply treatments under accreditation to move fruit.
If you are a fruit stall operator you can apply for permission to keep fruit under fly-proof conditions.
However if no treatment has been applied to the fruit, then commercial fruit within the 7.5km suspension area cannot be moved to a production area such as the Riverland.
Growers with any concerns should contact Biosecurity SA on the Market Access hotline number on 1300 666 010 that has been established to discuss any market access conditions that may apply.
Help keep SA Fruit Fly free
Keeping SA fruit fly free protects the state's horticultural industry and means we can enjoy the luxury of backyard fruit trees and vegetable gardens that are fruit fly maggot free.
In 2014–15, the estimated farm-gate value of the state’s horticultural produce vulnerable to fruit fly infestation - including wine grapes and almonds - was $1.1 billion.
Fruit fly will lay eggs in many fruits and some vegetables. These include: stone fruits (apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines and plums), loquats, figs, feijoas, tropical fruits (bananas, mangoes etc) and fruiting vegetables including tomatoes, capsicums, chillies, eggplants and tamarillos.
Please check your fruit and fruiting vegetables regularly and if you find maggots contact the:
Fruit Fly Hotline 1300 666 010