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Report suspected plant diseases to the Emergency Plant Pest Hotline
Phone: 1800 084 881
On the spot fines and penalties apply.
Fruit flies are the world's worst fruit pest. They destroy fruit and vegetables in commercial crops and home gardens.
The horticultural product of South Australia which is vulnerable to fruit fly infestation is worth over $400 million annually.
To keep South Australia free of fruit fly, there are quarantine restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables into the State - both produce carried by travellers and on commercially imported produce.
It is important that quarantine restrictions on movement of fruit and vegetables are strictly observed as outbreaks of fruit fly only occur if maggot-infested fruit is brought into the State.
Fact Sheet: Protection Against Fruit Fly ( PDF 753.9 KB) - State Government control and education
South Australia's front line fruit fly protection is provided by roadblocks that have been operating for 50 years. More than 600,000 vehicles pass through these quarantine stations each year. Honesty bins and random roadblocks operate throughout the State.
People detected carrying fruit and vegetables past these points can be fined under the Plant Health Act 2009. Additionally a statewide permanent surveillance trapping grid is maintained. Each week, inspectors check traps at over 3800 locations. The trapping grid provides an early warning system in the overall prevention program.
People planning to visit fruit-growing regions along the River Murray in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales known as the Fruit Fly Excluson Zone (FFEZ) ( PDF 92.8 KB).
The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area is a new zone located within the existing FFEZ. It is renowned for the production of high value horticultural crops including citrus, table grapes and stone fruit. The Pest Free Area is aligned to this production area to provide greater fruit fly control measures.
Biosecurity SA uses a combination of organic bait spotting and Sterile Insect Technique against outbreaks of fruit fly.
You can find more information about the life cycle of fruit fly, how disease outbreaks can be detected and eradicated and what is being done to prevent outbreaks in South Australia in the Important information about fruit fly fact sheet.
Citrus Australia is the national peak body of the Australian citrus growing industry and provides advice and seasonal updates about managing Fruit Fly.
Below are several posters available for display or for colouring. You can download copies or contact us and ask for a copy to be sent to you.