Be a fruit fly fighter and check your fruit
With a number of fruit fly outbreaks currently across Adelaide, City of Prospect residents are urged to play their part to keep South Australia fruit fly free by checking their fruit.
During this time of the year, citrus is the main fruit fly susceptible fruit in gardens.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) encourages you to check any fruit on their trees – including oranges, mandarins, lemons and limes – for bruising or maggots.
If you find anything unusual, place the fruit in an airtight container and call the 24-hour Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010.
Due to recent detections, some areas may see more PIRSA staff in their orange overalls revisiting yards to apply organic bait. Please give them access to apply the bait to your trees, they are working hard to eradicate fruit fly as quickly as possible.
It’s also a good time to make sure your garden is tidy, picking up any fallen fruit off the ground and picking any unwanted fruit from your trees and placing it in your green bin, to help break the fruit fly life cycle.
During winter, the cold weather can slow, but not stop Mediterranean fruit fly (Med fly) activity. While Med fly are active in late spring, summer, and autumn, in winter, they become inactive in the cold temperature.
Med fly can overwinter (similar to hibernating) as adults, eggs, and larvae (in fruit), or as pupae in the ground.
Let’s be #FruitFlyFighters and get them early before they have a chance in the warmer months.
Other ways to help:
- Do not accept home-grown fresh fruit and fruiting vegetables from a fruit fly outbreak or suspension area (unless they have been cooked or preserved)
- Do not move fresh fruit and vegetables from your property
- Do not purchase home-grown produce online
For more information, visit pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly-outbreaks