Biosecurity alerts: Queensland fruit fly updates

Eradication program

Applying Qfly bait to host plants

As part of the eradication program, DPIRD has established three zones (see map). Different restrictions apply to each zone.

  • An Outbreak Zone around a 200m radius of the detection point (baiting concluded 18 August 2018, surveillance ongoing).
  • A Quarantine Area around a 1.5km radius of the detection point (movement and disposal restrictions on home-grown fruit and vegetables will remain in place until at least November 2018).
  • A Suspension Area around a 15km radius of the detection point (host fruit cannot be exported from within this area without treatment or other approved protocol).

Western Australia’s Area Freedom from Qfly, which underpins market access for a range of produce, remains in place for the remainder of WA.

Under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013, failure to comply with movement restrictions can result in fines. We are appealing to residents to do the right thing in supporting WA’s horticultural industries.

Residents in the Quarantine Area will be notified when the response program concludes.

Disposal guidelines

The Quarantine Area Notice stipulates that ripening and fallen fruit must be disposed of every three days. Regular removal of fruit means that fruit fly will be unable to lay eggs and start the breeding cycle. Disposing of fruit and vegetables according to the guidelines below will kill any eggs or larvae.

Where fruit is inaccessible, wait until it has fallen to the ground and then dispose of accordingly. 

Disposal options include:

  • Eating or cooking (boil or microwave).
  • Freezing (minimum 24 hours).
  • Solarising - place in a sealed, heavy-duty black plastic bag which is placed in direct sunlight for three days.
  • Soaking - place in a bucket or large container of water with a film of white oil for at least seven days.
  • Burying to a depth of at least 1 metre as Qfly adults can emerge from under the soil surface.
  • Do not give away any home-grown fruit or vegetables.

Only after boiling, solarising or freezing you can:

  • Feed it to poultry.
  • Compost it.
  • Put in the rubbish.
Page last updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 12:24pm