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Australia: Perth quarantine after fruit fly outbreak

Some of Perth's suburbs have been placed in quarantine, as an outbreak of the destructive Queensland fruit fly has prompted the West Australian government to set up a quarantine zone in Dalkeith and parts of Claremont and Nedlands to stop the spread of the pest, which is not established in the state.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has boosted surveillance, with more than 300 lure traps, and is using an organic insecticide.

Residents near areas where the pest has been detected have been asked to remove anything that can provide a breeding ground such as citrus, stone fruit, olives, tomatoes, chillies and capsicums. Agriculture and food minister Alannah MacTiernan said the aim was to protect the fruit and vegetable industries, which are worth about $1 billion a year. reported that the communities of Dalkeith, Nedlands and Claremont are urged to support response efforts.

The Western Australian Government has introduced strong control measures to stop the spread of the destructive pest, Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), following an outbreak in Dalkeith and surrounds.

Qfly attacks a wide range of fruits and fruiting vegetables and while found in parts of eastern Australia, it is not established in WA.

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