Fruit fly outbreak declared in Thevenard

An outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) has been declared in Thevenard on South Australia's west coast, following confirmation of larvae, in the area on 24 January 2019.

This Thevenard outbreak is separate to the nearby Ceduna outbreak that has been eradicated. Quarantine restrictions remain in place in the Thevenard area.


A 1.5km outbreak area has been established around the outbreak centre. Host fruit cannot be removed from properties inside the outbreak area.

Quarantine restrictions apply in the outbreak area which includes the whole Thevenard township area.

View a list of fruit and fruiting vegetables that host fruit fly (PDF 948.9 KB)

Properties and businesses within the outbreak area receive information from Biosecurity SA about the outbreak and associated restrictions.

A 7.5km suspension area has also been established beyond the 1.5km outbreak area. If you are a commercial grower within the suspension area, you can apply treatments under accreditation to move fruit.

The quarantine and suspension area will remain in place until at least 24 October 2019.


What to do inside the Thevenard outbreak area

Residents and businesses inside the outbreak area can help to eliminate fruit fly by practising a few simple measures, including:

  • DO NOT give away or move any fruit or fruiting vegetables, including tomatoes, capsicums, chillies and eggplants unless cooked or preserved
  • DO NOT leave fruit or fruiting vegetables lying on the ground
  • DO NOT compost any fruit or fruiting vegetables, including those purchased from a shop
  • DO report any maggots found in fruit or fruiting vegetables immediately to the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010
  • DO cook or preserve excess fruit and fruiting vegetables.

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Help keep SA fruit fly free

Keeping SA fruit fly free protects the State's $1.25 billion fruit fly vulnerable horticultural industry and means we can enjoy the luxury of backyard fruit trees and vegetable gardens that are fruit fly maggot free.

Fruit fly will lay eggs in all fruits and some vegetables. These include: stone fruits (apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines and plums), loquats, figs, feijoas, tropical fruits (bananas, mangoes etc) and fruiting vegetables including tomatoes, capsicums, chillies, eggplants and tamarillos.

Please check your fruit and fruiting vegetables regularly and if you find maggots or suspect fruit fly contact the:

Fruit Fly Hotline: 1300 666 010

Page Last Reviewed: 06 Feb 2019
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