Fruit fly season update

13 May 2021

There was one border detection of fruit fly in April, and it was of our most unwanted Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF).

The interception of QFF larvae was in a feijoa seized from a passenger travelling from Australia.

You can read more in the latest monthly KVH fruit fly risk update (April), which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand.

This latest find is a remember that although we are nearing the end of the high-risk period for fruit flies and visitor numbers to New Zealand are much lower as a result of COVID-19, it is important to remain vigilant, keep watch, and if you hear of travellers who have accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand make sure it is reported and then appropriately destroyed (bagged and put in the rubbish is the best way, not composted).