Fruit fly found in Freo triggers alert
THE discovery of a Queensland fruit fly in Fremantle last month has prompted the department of primary industries and regional development to install more traps.
Senior research officer Darryl Hardie said the Queensland fruit fly was a destructive fruit pest.
“The adult female fly was found in a trap which forms part of the state’s early warning trap system,” he said.
“The fly is found in some other parts of Australia but WA is considered free of the pest.
“The fly attacks a range of fruit and some vegetables.
“We have installed additional traps to determine whether there are other flies.”
Further measures such as baiting with organic pesticide are being considered and further advice would be provided to industry and the local community when available.
The fly has been eliminated from Perth four times since the 1980s; the most recent was in Alfred Cove in 2016.