This weekend Adelaide residents are asked to check their fruit trees and report any signs of maggots in fallen or spoiled fruit which may indicate the presence of fruit fly.
Checking backyard fruit trees and veggie patches in the metropolitan area is a critical part of protecting South Australia’s premium food and wine regions, including the Riverland and Mount Lofty Ranges, from fruit fly.
Residents can complete a simple checklist on the PIRSA website once they have checked their trees to receive a free packet of vegetable seeds. Any maggots found in fruit or fruiting vegetables should be reported immediately to the fruit fly hotline on 1300 666 010.
Quotes attributed to Geoff Raven, A/Director, Biosecurity SA, PIRSA
South Australia has a long and enviable track record of keeping fruit fly at bay but we must not become complacent. Despite our best efforts, last year we had the largest Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak, in the inner Adelaide suburbs, in more than a decade.
Members of the community are our frontline defence in keeping fruit fly out of the South Australia. Fruit Fly Watch Weekend is a timely reminder that every garden with a fruit tree or vegetable patch could harbour this destructive pest. Early detection is vital in keeping fruit fly out of our horticultural production areas.
It doesn’t take long to check your fruit and it can make an enormous difference in safeguarding our precious horticultural crops.
With many taking advantage of a four day weekend please remember fresh fruit and fruiting vegetables cannot be carried into our state and particularly into the Riverland. So don’t sour your holidays – eat it, bin it or declare it!
South Australia remains the only Australian mainland state that is fruit fly free. Every year the South Australian Government spends about $5 million keeping fruit fly and other plant pests out of the state, through a range of prevention, detection and eradication measures. For more information visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fruitflywatch