BIOSECURITY ALERT: Queensland Fruit Fly

Published on Friday, 17 March 2023 at 9:03:18 AM

Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) is a serious pest that has the ability to infest over 300 fruit and vegetable species. After the detection of Qfly in Bayswater, a 15km Quarantine Area (QA) has been established around the detection area, this includes the Town of Bassendean.

The QA has been divided into two zones, the Corrective Action Zone and the Export Assurance Zone, with the Town located in the Export Assurance Zone. 

For details on the requirements of the QA, a list of potential host species and how to identify Qfly, visit the Biosecurity Alert Page on the DPIRD website.

What steps can I take to help prevent Qfly from infesting my backyard fruit and vegetables?

By following these steps, you can reduce the risk of Qfly infestations in your backyard.

  • Keep an eye on your fruit trees, vegetable garden and ornamental host plants. Regularly inspect host plants for signs of Qfly damage including small holes, or the presence of larvae/maggots
  • Report suspect Qfly via the MyPestGuide® Reporter app or by contacting the Pest and Disease Information Service on 9368 3080 or email [email protected].
  • Garden hygiene – pick up and dispose of fallen fruit. Fallen fruit is a prime breeding ground for fruit flies, so it is important to pick up and dispose of any fallen fruit as soon as possible.
  • Use netting – covering your fruit trees with fine netting can help prevent fruit flies from accessing the fruit. Ensure netting is kept off the ground to prevent Qfly from completing their life cycle in the ground.

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