An outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) has been declared in the Kilburn area following the detection of a single female fly on Friday 2 February 2018, with a total of three single flies detected within the previous 14 days.
A 1.5km radius outbreak area has been established around the outbreak centre. Host fruit cannot be removed from properties inside the outbreak zone.
All properties and businesses within the outbreak zone will receive information from Biosecurity SA about the outbreak and associated restrictions.
Suburbs included in the 1.5km outbreak area include:
- Blair Athol
- Dry Creek
- Gepps Cross
- Regency Park
A 7.5km suspension area has also been established beyond the 1.5km outbreak area. If you are a commercial grower within this suspension area, you can apply treatments under accreditation to move fruit.
The quarantine and suspension areas will remain in place until at least 27 April 2018.
What to do inside the outbreak area
Residents and businesses inside the 1.5 km outbreak area can help to eliminate fruit fly by practicing 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 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.
Information for residents
Help keep SA fruit fly free
Keeping SA fruit fly free protects the State’s $1.25 billion fruit fly vulnerable horticultural industry and means we can enjoy the luxury of backyard fruit trees and vegetable gardens that are fruit fly maggot free.
Fruit fly will lay eggs in all 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 or suspect fruit fly contact the:
Fruit Fly Hotline 1300 666 010