Fremantle residents called on to help contain the Queensland fruit fly

Queensland fruit fly. Picture: Simon Eyres
Queensland fruit fly. Picture: Simon Eyres

FREMANTLE residents have been called on to help contain the Queensland fruit fly that was found last week.

Parts of the suburbs of White Gum Valley, East Fremantle and North Fremantle have been placed in a quarantine area.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development senior researcher Darryl Hardie said additional fruit fly traps and organic insecticides of trees have been placed in the area.

“Residents in this area must not move any home-grown fruit or vegetables such as tomatoes, chillies or capsicums, out of this area unless it has been cooked or preserved,” he said.

“Residents are also asked to assist by removing ripening fruit from their trees and picking up any fallen fruit.

“The fruit can be eaten, cooked, frozen or disposed of by securing it in a heavy duty plastic bag and placing it in direct sunlight for at least three days. Untreated host fruit should not be placed into compost.”

The measures will remain in place until April 18 provided there are no more flies found.

For a map of the full quarantine area, list of fruits and vegetables and advice visit the department website.

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