Hot weather ideal for flies

A stable fly.
A stable fly.

While new laws were implemented last year to ensure the vegetable industry stuck to strict guidelines to restrict the fly, it is too early to tell if they are making an impact.

Stable fly breeds in any rotting or decaying vegetable matter where there is considerable bacterial activity.

Shire of Gingin President Michael Aspinall said the council and Department of Agriculture and Food were investigating stable fly notification reports from members in the community.

‘During the month of December there were a reduced number of stable fly notifications compared to the previous month, however there was a small increase in notifications reported during January 2014,’ he said.

‘Officers undertook a heavy inspection program during December and January focusing on market gardens and properties where breeding was previously known to occur, to ensure that property owners were complying with their management plans in accordance with the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act 2007.’

The Shire and DAFWA inspected 30 premises over December and January and little activity was observed.

‘The officers from both the Shire and DAFWA continue to investigate all notifications received from the community to determine the breeding sites and to ensure that property owners are compliant with the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act,’ Mr Aspinall said.