An outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared in Blair Athol following a detection of larvae in the area on 16 December 2019.
At this stage, if no further wild flies or larvae are detected, it is anticipated that quarantine restrictions in Blair Athol will be lifted on 18 December 2020.
The extension of the quarantine lift date through to summer is due to fruit fly becoming dormant during cool conditions and re-emerging when daily temperatures increase.
COVID-19 – updated response arrangements
In response to the current social distancing measures in place for COVID-19, the fruit fly response has been adjusted to meet these needs and ensure the safety of both staff and residents.
All PIRSA field staff wear orange overalls and carry ID.
Blair Athol quarantine areas have increased
The areas under the Blair Athol quarantine have increased, following further larval detections in home grown fruit.
Suburbs in the 1.5 km outbreak area include:
- Blair Athol
- Dry Creek
- Gepps Cross
- Regency Park
- Sefton Park
Note, the Blair Athol outbreak area adjoins the Croydon Park outbreak area. View more information, including maps.
Check the quarantine area maps
Check if you are living or working in the extended quarantine areas.
What to do inside the outbreak area
Residents and businesses inside the red quarantine area can help to eliminate fruit fly by practising a few simple measures, including:
- ALLOW easy access to your front and back gardens so PIRSA staff can do their work quickly and efficiently – they’ll make sure they keep the necessary social distancing.
- COLLECT fallen or over-ripe fruit and fruiting vegetables and place in your green bin. Do not put them in compost.
- REPORT any maggots found in fruit or fruiting vegetables. Place in a plastic bag, seal it and contact the Fruit Fly Hotline (1300 666 010).
- KEEP home-grown fresh fruit on your property. Do not share with others within or outside the outbreak area.
- COOK OR PRESERVE excess home grown fruit and fruiting vegetables. These items are allowed to be removed from the outbreak area after they’ve been cooked or preserved.
- PICK any fruit from your trees (and any fallen or overripe fruit on the ground) and dispose of it in your green bin – this helps break the fruit fly life cycle.
Information for residents
Pick your fruit – be a fruit fly fighter
We need you to help us by:
- picking up all fallen and over ripe fruit in your backyard
- stripping any remaining fruit from your fruit trees. This fruit can be disposed of:
- in your green waste bin, or
- ring PIRSA on 1300 666 010 to arrange pick up. This stops the fruit fly life cycle and will help ensure fruit fly is eradicated from the current outbreak areas. Our growers depend on you to keep SA fruit fly free, protecting our $1.3 billion fruit fly vulnerable horticulture industry.
Information for Gepps X Market stallholders
Stallholders at the Gepps X Market are advised of special measures in relation to selling their fruit and vegetables at the market.
Stallholders are asked to:
- cover their fruit and vegetables when entering, selling and leaving the market
- not sell home-grown fruit and vegetables from the 1.5km outbreak areas
- take only the produce they need for the day’s trading
- not take their fruit and vegetables to the Riverland or other fruit producing areas.
Information for Gepps X Market customers
Customers at the Gepps X Market are reminded that fruit and vegetables sold at the market cannot be taken into the Riverland or other fruit producing areas.
Help keep SA Fruit Fly free
Keeping SA fruit fly free protects the state’s $1.2 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.