A quarantine zone has been set up across 14 suburbs surrounding West Hindmarsh after a fruit fly outbreak was declared.
On Monday, a Queensland Fruit Fly was discovered in West Hindmarsh carrying eggs and now a 1.5km quarantine zone has been set up around the detection point.
Biosecurity SA’s Executive Diretor, Will Zachary, says staff are carrying out an eradication program as South Australia is the only mainland state to be free of fruit flies.
"Residents and businesses within the outbreak area will be receiving information from Biosecurity SA about the outbreak and associated quarantine, detailing what part they can play in preventing its spread," he said.
"An organic bait spotting program will be undertaken with staff also concentrating on the removal of fallen fruit from properties within the affected 200m outbreak zone area.
"As for how the fly made it’s way to SA, Zachary believes it “must have been brought into our state from infested fruit originating from the eastern states.”
He has also reassured that the fruit fly problem is one that will be eradicated.
"This outbreak, which is the first to occur in South Australia since 2016, has no impact on our fruit fly free status. We are liaising with the horticultural industry on the outbreak and our eradication campaign.
"At this stage, if no further wild flies or larvae are detected it is anticipated that the quarantine in West Hindmarsh will be lifted from 12 March 2018."
Here’s what you can do to help:
- 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 place all unwanted fruit and vegetables in your green bin for normal collection
- 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.
For more information about fruit flies and the outbreak, click here.