No fruit fly interceptions
Latest border interception information on fruit flies has been published in the October KVH risk update, showing that our biggest threat – the Queensland Fruit Fly – hasn’t been found at all since the start of the high-risk season which was 1 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.
If you hear of someone that has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand, make sure it is reported to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and then appropriately destroyed. Bagged and put in the rubbish is the best way, not composted.