Fruit fly found in Freo trig­gers alert

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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