26 September 2023

Fruit flies flit out to forge new flare-ups

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has declared a new Queensland fruit fly outbreak in Loxton North, following the detection of fruit flies in monitoring traps.

The detections are just outside existing outbreak areas at Loxton North, resulting in the establishment of the new outbreak — Loxton North D.

PIRSA fruit fly officers will be visiting properties in the outbreak area to apply bait and check for signs of fruit fly in fruit.

General Manager of the Fruit Fly Response at PIRSA, Nick Secomb said the new Loxton North D outbreak was declared after eight male fruit flies were found in monitoring traps in the area near a mandarin orchard.

“There’s been a lot of fruit fly activity surrounding Loxton and Loxton North since Autumn,” Mr Secomb said “with five outbreaks now declared in those localities.”

“Residents in these outbreaks need to be extra vigilant and pick up fallen fruit to prevent opportunities for fruit fly to breed, especially as the weather warms up and flies become more active.”

He said all residents and businesses within the Loxton North D outbreak area would be receiving information from PIRSA about the outbreaks and associated quarantine, detailing what part they could play in preventing its spread.

“If you are a resident and grower in Loxton North or Bookpurnong localities, please search your address on the outbreak map to understand the restrictions now in place within the extended 1.5-kilometre red outbreak and 15-kilometre yellow suspension areas,” Mr Secomb said.

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