Australia: Queensland Fruit Fly detected in Yarra Ranges
Containment and eradication treatments were then put in place by private landowners.
Unfortunately, the fruit fly has again been detected in Silvan, Hoddles Creek, Mount Evelyn and in Badger Creek. Council was notified of the Silvan detection in early January and the Badger Creek detection in early February, while flies were detected in Mount Evelyn and Hoddles Creek (and nearby Kinglake) in mid-February and in Mount Evelyn in March.
Residents in the immediate surrounding area are being notified in writing and provided with information on how to prevent the pest spreading. Council will also be applying non-hazardous organic bait on roadsides in Mount Evelyn to target Queensland Fruit Flies (On Margaret Road, Dorothy Road, Bamfield Road, McKillop Road and The Widgeway) in April.
The QFF is active in fruiting season, though populations increase in spring when temperatures rise above 16 degrees. They can remain active in autumn and winter in warmer weather.
Council and Agribusiness Yarra Valley will work with the landowners to contain and eradicate any QFF. ■