Fruit fly found in Tasmania
Five adult fruit flies have been found in traps established on Flinders Island more than a week after larvae were discovered in backyard apricot trees. Fruit fly larvae have also been found in mainland Tasmania, also in backyard apricot trees, in Spreyton (near Devonport). For more information, please see this member update from the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association.
A baiting program has begun in the Spreyton area, with 430 properties to be sprayed with insecticide once a week. A control zone with a radius of 15 kilometres has also been established around Spreyton and the broader Devonport area. Growers or consumers interested in information about this control zone and the movement of produce grown within the zone can read this explainer by ABC News.