Reduce risks of fruit fly


Department of Agriculture and Food officer Logan Stace checks a lemon tree in the Alfred Cove area.
Department of Agriculture and Food officer Logan Stace checks a lemon tree in the Alfred Cove area.

The movement of fruit and vegetables through verge collection poses a risk of spreading the pest Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), which was found in the area in November last year.

An eradication program currently under way has included establishment of a quarantine area across all or parts of Alfred Cove, Ardross, Booragoon, Winthrop, Willagee, Myaree, Melville and Attadale.

Suburbs slated for verge-side collection over the next two weeks include parts of Myaree and Winthrop.

DAFWA biosecurity officer Darryl Hardie said residents could only dispose of excess fruit by putting it in a sealed, heavy-duty black plastic bag and then placing it in direct sunlight for a period of three days.

“This should kill any flies or larvae before placing in regular disposal bins. It is very important then that limbs of trees with any fruit or fruiting vegetables, such as tomatoes or capsicum, are not left out for the verge-side collection,” he said.

Dr Hardie thanked residents for their support of the Qfly eradication program, including providing access to properties so trees could be inspected and baited by DAFWA field operation teams.

“To date we have inspected most properties in the outbreak zone (Alfred Cove), although to maximise our chances of eradication, we would ideally like access to all properties within this zone,” Dr Hardie said.

“We are asking residents in the outbreak zone who have not yet had formal contact with a DAFWA field operation team to sign the recently distributed consent form, allowing us access to their property.”