Fruit fly interceptions

24 January 2019

Latest border interception information on fruit flies has been published in the KVH risk update, showing that one of our biggest threats – the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) – was intercepted at the border in December. This is the only QFF find since the start of the high-risk season in September 2018.

The new risk update also details the national fruit fly surveillance programme, which involves almost 8,000 pheromone traps checked on a fortnightly basis.

There were several fruit fly interceptions at the border over the summer period last year. Be vigilant and keep watch. While it may be possible to find on fruit trees if present, a better option is to look out for any larvae in fruit, including tree fallen fruit. Report any possible finds to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity hotline on 0800 80 99 66.