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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.
Integrated pest management is used against outbreaks of fruit fly.
The following questions and answers are designed to explain what the Sterile Insect Technique involves and how it will be used.
In the event of a fruit fly outbreak, Biosecurity SA will apply fruit fly bait to suitable foliage in the outbreak area for several weeks to suppress the adult population of wild flies. Following the bait-spotting program, sterile fruit flies will be released into the outbreak area for about 12 weeks.
Releases of 100,000 sterile flies per square kilometre will occur twice a week for up to 12 weeks. Sterile flies have a short life span while fertile females may live for several months. That is why it is important to maintain high numbers of sterile flies in the outbreak area.
Yes. It is currently being used against fruit flies in the USA, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Israel, Jordan and South Africa.
No. Only a trained person using laboratory equipment can tell the difference.
Biosecurity SA staff will still need to enter properties during an outbreak to undertake trap surveillance and fruit sampling.