Fruit fly is a little pest that could be a big problem for Tasmania if we don't act now.
Schools can play an important role in helping to protect Tasmania!
Get to know what fruit flies and fruit fly larvae look like (pictures below).
can damage fruit and some vegetables and make it hard for our growers to sell what they grow to other places in Australia and around the world.
Northern Tasmania Control Area restrictions lifted
With a lot of hard work and with the help of everyone, the fruit fly restrictions that were in place in northern Tasmania were removed on 9 January 2019. This is great news for everyone in northern Tasmania, as it means we have not found any more fruit fly. It also means our fruit growers on mainland Tasmania can now move their produce and can again trade their products to export markets.
Restrictions remain for the Furneaux Group
However we did find a single male adult Queensland fruit fly at Lady Barron on Flinders Island in December 2018. So that means we have to keep Control Area restrictions for the Furneaux Group of Islands until March 2019. We will also have to keep in place the Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron. The good news is we can lift the Infected Area restrictions at Trousers Point/Loccota and Badger Corner on Flinders Island.
There is information on this page about what students, schools and families can do to help protect our state from fruit fly.
What you can do to help:
- Look for
signs of fruit fly
and if you find them ask a parent or teacher to call the fruit fly hotline on 6165 3774
Don’t take whole fruit out of the Control Area
- Inside the Infected Area double-bag fruit scraps before you put them in the bin
- Don't compost fruit inside the Infected Area
- Become a Little Hero and protect Tasmania from fruit fly!
Queensland fruit fly (the long technical name is
Bactrocera tryoni) are found not just in Queensland but in other mainland states. They are not usually found in Tasmania and that's a very good thing, for the fruit, for us and especially for our fruit and vegetable growers who can sell what they grow to places where they don't like fruit fly any more than we do.
The Queensland fruit fly, like all other living creatures, has a life cycle. That means this little fly starts out as an egg and then over a period of weeks it turns into another fruit fly. This diagram helps explain how that life cycle works.
Download this life cycle diagram:
Which fruits and vegetables are host fruit?
Host fruits and vegetables are ones that fruit flies can sting and lay their eggs in. The eggs hatch into a larva which can also be called a maggot.
Common host produce includes apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, capsicums, cherries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, mulberries, nashis, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries and tomatoes. It can also include lemons, limes, quinces, pumpkins and walnuts.
Whole host produce is a greater risk of spreading fruit fly because it could be rotten inside due to the presence of fruit fly.
Information for Schools
Note: within the Furneaux Group of Islands Control Area, no schools are located in the declared Infected Area.
School Kitchen Gardens
Inside Control Area
Fruit can be grown, eaten and moved within the Control Area, but whole fruit cannot leave the Control Area. Scraps can be composted.
Information for Furneaux Islands families
The entire Furneaux Group of Islands has been declared a Control Area. Use the
maps to see if you live in the Infected Area.
There is detailed information on the
about what the Control Area and Infected Area restrictions mean for you.
Q: I live in the Infected Area and my children go to school outside the Infected Area. Can they take fruit and vegetables to school?
Produce that is cut up (e.g. into fruit salad or sliced in a sandwich) is fine.
You should not transport whole home-grown host produce from your property. This is to reduce the risk of transporting fruit fly to different areas. Whole host produce is a greater risk of spreading fruit fly because it could be rotten inside due to the presence of fruit fly.
If you think you have produce infested with fruit fly, please call Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.