Protection and prevention

Protecting SA from fruit fly

PIRSA uses a variety of measures to maintain South Australia's fruit fly free status and protect our horticultural growing regions.

Controlling the movement of fruit into and within SA

We prevent fruit fly entering South Australia by controlling the movement of fruit and fruiting vegetables into and within South Australia. Maggot-infested fruit is a common method of fruit fly spread.

We enforce restrictions on bringing fruit and vegetables into South Australia

You can find out more about what food you can bring into South Australia and the Riverland by using our handy food checker.

Monitoring for fruit fly across SA

We have over 7,500 fruit fly traps, baited with an organic solution, in place at over 3000 South Australian sites to detect fruit flies.

They are located in:

  • metropolitan Adelaide
  • the northern Adelaide Plains
  • the Adelaide Hills
  • the Riverland
  • Port Augusta
  • Ceduna
  • Pt Lincoln

We also monitor fruit movement with:

  • disposal bins, where fruit and vegetables can be disposed of.
  • quarantine stations, from 4 January 2019 if caught with fruit or fruiting vegetables illegally at Yamba Quarantine Station you will be fined.

Raising awareness and reporting of fruit fly

We work with the Australian public to manage fruit fly by:

  • running digital advertising and awareness campaigns in peak fruit fly danger season
  • installing signs and billboards in South Australia and interstate to raise awareness of fruit movement restrictions
  • running the 24 hour fruit fly hotline: 1300 666 010 so members of the public can report maggots in their fruit and fruiting vegetables.

Investing in research and technology

We contributed to the $3.8 million Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) in Port Augusta to develop fruit fly management and response methods.

It ensures South Australia remains fruit fly free and is at the forefront of fruit fly management nationally. It will produce 50 million sterile male Queensland fruit flies each week once fully operational. The flies will be released to mate with females, collapsing wild populations in fruit fly affected horticulture growing regions across Australia and New Zealand.

This high-tech facility will develop a male-only line of sterile Queensland fruit fly (Q-fly) for release during future Q-fly outbreaks in South Australia. They will also be used for controlling Q-fly in all affected horticulture growing regions around Australia.

The SIT facility is supported by SITPlus, a national $45 million research and development program a research partnership. The SITPlus program is led by Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd, in partnership with:

  • PIRSA
  • the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • CSIRO
  • Plant and Food Research Australia
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Macquarie University.

Read more about how we use sterile flies to combat outbreaks on the response page.

Fruit fly reporting hotline

To report suspected fruit fly, phone the 24 hour Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010.

Page Last Reviewed: 20 Feb 2020
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