An outbreak of Queensland fruit fly has been declared in Loxton, South Australia. Seven fruit flies were found in traps in the area. A 1.5 kilometre outbreak area has been established around the detection point from which host fruit and fruiting vegetable cannot be removed and quarantine restrictions apply.
A 15-km suspension area has also been established beyond the 1.5-km outbreak area. Commercial growers within the suspension area are able to apply treatments under accreditation to move fruit.
Residents and businesses inside the quarantine area can help to eliminate fruit fly by practising a few simple measures including do not give away or move any fruit and fruiting vegetables, unless they are cooked or preserved. Also, do not leave fruit or fruiting vegetables lying on the ground or compost any of the fruit, including those purchased from a shop.
Goodfruitandvegetables.com.au reports that the quarantine and suspension areas will remain in place until at least February 28 next year.