Queensland fruit fly - Spring baiting program

Page last updated: Monday, 7 September 2020 - 4:32pm

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has launched an intensive Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) control program across several of Perth's western suburbs.

Dubbed the ‘Spring baiting program’, the activities are part of a response to an outbreak of Qfly, first detected in the area in March 2020.

Qfly (Bactrocera tyroni) is exotic to Western Australia and is one of the biggest threats to our horticultural industries.

Qfly is a declared pest under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 and DPIRD is responsible for undertaking the eradication program. 

DPIRD needs your help to protect our horticulture industries, and the fruit and vegetables you grow in your yards, from this declared pest.

Residents in the Quarantine Area (QA) can find out more about the program and how they can assist below.

What is the Qfly Spring baiting program?

The Qfly Spring baiting program commenced in late August and runs through to mid-December 2020.

During this time, residential and commercial properties within the QA, will be visited by Qfly response personnel to carry out surveillance and baiting activities critical to eradicating Qfly.

Which suburbs are involved? or Where is it happening?

The QA includes Dalkeith, Claremont, Nedlands, Mount Claremont, Shenton Park, Cottesloe, Karrakatta, Swanbourne, Peppermint Grove and Crawley.

The program will affect people who live, go to school or work, or go shopping in these areas.

What activities are part of the program?

Qfly lay their eggs in fruit and fruiting vegetables.  Qfly response personnel will be visiting every property within the QA to confirm whether host-bearing plants are present, and if any fruit is infested.

Traps and lures may be placed in your garden and an organic certified insecticide bait may be applied to suitable foliage and host plants in your yards or gardens.

Response personnel will visit properties with host-bearing plants each week during the Spring baiting program to inspect fruit, refresh Qfly baits and check any Qfly traps.

Regular baiting and ongoing surveillance is critical to ensure we eradicate this pest.

Baiting will also take place on public property and street trees.

Towards the end of the Spring baiting program, traps and lures used for control purposes will be removed. Traps used for monitoring purposes may be left in place.

How can I assist?

The success of the Qfly response program relies on everyone working together.

It is important our Qfly response personnel are provided with access to front and back yards. They do not need access to dwellings or the inside of sheds or buildings, and you do not need to be home, provided response personnel have the necessary access.

Everyone within the QA is required to -

  • manage host material by ensuring all ripe and ripening fruit is picked or collected and eaten, or treated (cooked, frozen or solarised) prior to disposal; and
     
  • provide DPIRD personnel with access to premises to enable surveillance and control activities.

DPIRD will work with you regarding any concerns.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time.

For more information

Visit agric.wa.gov.au/qflyupdate for more information.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080

Author

Samantha Scott

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