Fruit fly outbreak - Blair Athol

An outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared in Blair Athol following a detection of larvae in the area on 16 December 2019.

At this stage, if no further wild flies or larvae are detected, it is anticipated that quarantine restrictions in Blair Athol will be lifted on 18 December 2020.

The extension of the quarantine lift date through to next spring is due to fruit fly becoming dormant during cool conditions and re-emerging when daily temperatures increase.

Blair Athol quarantine areas have increased

The areas under the Blair Athol quarantine have increased, following further larval detections in home grown fruit.

Suburbs in the 1.5 km outbreak area include: Blair Athol, Broadview, Clearview, Collinswood, Dry Creek, Enfield, Gepps Cross, Greenacres, Kilburn, Manningham, Nailsworth, Prospect, Regency Park, Sefton Park and Wingfield.

Note, the Blair Athol outbreak area adjoins the Croydon Park outbreak area. View more information, including maps.

Check the quarantine area maps

Check if you are living or working in the extended quarantine areas.

1.5 km outbreak area (PDF 603.4 KB)

7.5 km suspension area (PDF 4.0 MB)

What to do inside the outbreak area

Residents and businesses inside the red quarantine area can help to eliminate fruit fly by practising a few simple measures, including:

  • DO report any maggots found in fruit or fruiting vegetables immediately to the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010.
  • DO put your fruit and vegetable scraps in your green waste bin.
  • DO cook or preserve excess fruit and fruiting vegetables.
  • DO check the list of fruit and vegetables that host fruit fly
  • 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 – you should place them in your green waste bin.
  • DO NOT compost any fruit or fruiting vegetables, including those purchased from a shop.

View a list of fruit and fruiting vegetables that host fruit fly

Information for residents

Fruit Fly outbreak brochure for residents (PDF 750.6 KB)

Information for Gepps X Market stallholders

Stallholders at the Gepps X Market are advised of special measures in relation to selling their fruit and vegetables at the market.

Stallholders are asked to:

  • cover their fruit and vegetables when entering, selling and leaving the market
  • not sell home-grown fruit and vegetables from the 1.5km Blair Athol outbreak area
  • take only the produce they need for the day’s trading
  • not take their fruit and vegetables to the Riverland or other fruit producing areas.

Information sheet – English (PDF 371.8 KB)

Information sheet – Vietnamese (PDF 329.1 KB)

Information sheet – Khmer (PDF 362.3 KB)

Information for Gepps X Market customers

Customers at the Gepps X Market are reminded that fruit and vegetables sold at the market cannot be taken into the Riverland or other fruit producing areas.

Outbreak notice

Notice on movement of produce (PDF 4.7 MB)

Media Releases

Fruit fly outbreak declared in Blair Athol (PDF 137.8 KB)

Help keep SA Fruit Fly free

Keeping SA fruit fly free protects the state’s $1.2 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.

Page Last Reviewed: 27 Feb 2020
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