Biosecurity SA is reminding residents in the Kilburn fruit fly outbreak area about the restrictions on moving fruit within and outside the outbreak area.
Suburbs included in the 1.5 km outbreak area include:
The outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly was declared in Kilburn after detection of a single female fruit fly on 2 February 2018.
Mediterranean fruit flies can only enter the state via infected fruit brought in from Western Australia.
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.
The eradication program been largely completed with Biosecurity SA applying baiting, undertaking hygiene work, and releasing sterile flies.
Quarantine is due to be lifted on 18 December 2018 should no further fruit flies be detected.
However it’s important residents continue to comply with the quarantine restrictions up until the lifting of quarantine. If any further flies are detected Biosecurity SA reminds residents that access to properties may be required for further baiting to take place.
Biosecurity SA empathises with residents and business affected by the restrictions and baiting program but reminds them of the importance of maintaining South Australia’s fruit fly free status and the role they need to play by not bringing host material in from other states.
Being fruit fly free enables residents to grow and enjoy fruit and vegetables without the need for unnecessary pesticides and the risk of finding maggots in their fruit.
A fruit fly fact sheet explaining more about the fruit fly outbreak is now available in Persian, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly.