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 larva 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.
Fruit fly has been found in Tasmania and to stop it spreading and make it go away, Control Areas and Infected Areas have been set up. There are special rules about what you can do with fruit and fruit scraps in an Infected Area, and things to remember if you leave a Control Area. Have a look at the
to see if you live in or go to school in a Control Area or an Infected Area.
There is information on this page about what students, schools and families can do to help protect our state from fruit fly.
This advice applies from 1 October 2018.
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 a Control Area
- Inside an Infected Area double-bag fruit scraps before you put them in the bin
- Don't compost fruit inside an Infected Area
- Become a Little Hero and protect Tasmania from fruit fly!
Queensland 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.
There is information below for mums, and dads and carers about packing lunches.
Have a look at the
maps to see if you live in or go to school in a Control Area or an Infected Area.
If your school is in a Control Area, there is one important thing to do: Don’t take whole fruit out of the Control Area.
Fruit can go into the Control Area, but cannot come back out.
Cut fruit with no signs of fruit fly, can go in and out of the Control Area.
If your school is in an Infected Area and you have leftover fruit and vegetables from your lunchbox, there is one important thing to do. Before you put your scraps in the bin they need to be double-bagged. This means putting your fruit or vegetable scraps inside a plastic bag and sealing it up and then putting that bag inside another plastic bag and sealing that one up too.
Lunchbox scraps - outside an Infected Area
If your school isn't in an Infected Area composting is a great thing to do, talk to your teachers about the best place to put your fruit and vegetable scraps.
Information for Schools
maps to see if your school is in a Control Area or an Infected Area.
School Kitchen Gardens
Outside Control Areas
There are no movement restrictions for the produce of school gardens that are outside the Control Areas.
Scraps can be composted.
Inside Control Areas
Fruit can be grown, eaten and moved within the Control Area, but whole fruit cannot leave the Control Area. Scraps can be composted.
Inside an Infected Area
All uneaten fruit (including rotten, fallen or remains of host produce) must be picked up and double-bagged. This can then be disposed of in general waste bins.
No fruit can be sold or given away. It can only be used on site for cooking, be frozen or disposed of.
Produce must not be composted or disposed of in green waste as fruit fly larvae can survive the composting process.
If disposed of in large skip bins we ask that the lids be kept closed and it is arranged that they are emptied regularly.
Information for Families
maps to see if you live in a Control Area or an Infected Area.
I live in an Infected Area and my children go to school just outside the Infected Area. Can they take fruit and vegetables to school?
Fruit this 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.
I live outside a Control Area and my children go to school within the Control Area. Can they take fruit and vegetables to school?
Host produce from outside the Control Area can be taken to another place within the Control Area. However, whole host produce cannot then be moved from school to outside of the Control Area.
If you think you have produce infested with fruit fly, please call Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.