Published on Friday, 7 August 2020 at 12:21:50 PM

A Queensland fruit fly eradication program has been underway since March 2020 in the suburbs of Dalkeith, Nedlands and Claremont.

As part of the eradication program, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) declared a Quarantine Area (QA), which has been extended to include parts of five new suburbs – Cottesloe, Mount Claremont, Shenton Park, Peppermint Grove and Crawley.

Qfly host fruit must not be moved from the QA unless it has been cooked, frozen for 24 hours, or solarised (sealing fruit in a heavy duty black plastic bag and placing in direct sunlight on a hard surface for at least seven days). Ripe and ripening host fruit must also be regularly removed from plants and from the ground.

DPIRD will require access to properties within the QA in the coming months to carry out eradication activities such as applying insecticide bait to host trees, placing/monitoring lure traps, inspecting host fruit, and collecting fruit to test for Qfly larvae. Owners/occupiers will be notified.

This is DPIRD’s largest Qfly eradication program since Western Australia’s first Qfly outbreak in 1989. Councils/Shires are working closely with DPIRD, and asking that residents and businesses within the QA to support the program, as eradication will be dependent on a joint effort – most importantly complying with QA requirements and supporting property visits.

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