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Auckland fruit fly detections
12 August 2019

Auckland fruit fly response to step-up again

As we are nearing the end of winter, the fruit fly response in the Northcote area is about to step-up again, with the focus on maintaining controls and resuming baiting and more intensive trapping.

Since 26 April, an area of Northcote has been under a Controlled Area Notice, restricting the movement of certain fruit and vegetables out of controlled areas to help prevent the spread of any fruit flies that may still be in the vicinity. Along with the continued movement restrictions, a network of fruit fly surveillance traps which attract male fruit flies have remained in the area over winter and were regularly checked, with the last single male fruit fly detected in the current controlled area on 15 July.

We signalled at the start of winter that we would be stepping up again about now to ensure this significant pest does not establish in New Zealand. We won’t be relaxing our efforts until we are absolutely confident we are rid of these flies. We have found 10 flies in the Northcote area since February, and while we still haven’t found any evidence of larvae, pupae, eggs or female flies, the continued finds indicate that flies could remain in the area, albeit at very low levels.

People in Northcote will be given advanced notice if bait is to be placed in their property, and they will be provided with detailed information about the bait and what’s happening.

Detailed maps of the controlled areas, a full description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules are available on the
Biosecurity New Zealand website.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591