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Auckland fruit fly detections under investigation
15 March 2019

Regular situation updates about the 2019 fruit fly responses in Auckland are available here. Information about fruit flies, including restrictions on moving and selling fruit and vegetables, and Export Restricton Zones, is available here.  

Two further male Queensland Fruit Flies (QFF) have been found in Northcote, bringing the total to six. One of the new finds is inside the current Zone A and the other is in Zone B. The latest finds will mean an expansion of Zone A in Northcote and associated restrictions on the movement of fruit, vegetables and green waste. Zone A now extends south to the bottom of the Northcote Point.

These recent finds mean the response is zeroing in on the Northcote flies and the operational response can be increased. Teams on the ground will be removing fallen fruit from backyards, inspecting compost bins and placing bait on fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies, in particular females. The bait is made up of a protein to attract adult fruit flies and a very low concentration of insecticide to kill the flies. It’s similar to how people bait wasps in their backyards. The baits are toxic to fruit flies. Every precaution is taken to make sure the baits are safe around people and animals. They are not harmful to bees.

People living in the area will be given at least 24 hours’ notice that bait will be placed in their property, and they will be provided detailed information about the programme. Information will start being delivered to letterboxes this weekend.

There have been no further finds of QFF in Devonport since the only find there on Thursday 14 February. However, because of the proximity to Northcote, movement controls and trapping will continue there for the time being. This will be reconsidered next Friday. There is no need to undertake bait laying in Devonport.

No further Facialis fruit fly have been found in Otara. Biosecurity New Zealand will review movement controls there at the end of next week.

Kiwifruit growers should talk to their post-harvest providers if they have any questions about what the impacts to them might be due to movement controls or export restrictions. If you require support you can contact NZKGI or visit their website to learn more about the support network available.

Summary of finds: Single male QFF have been found in separate surveillance traps in the Auckland North Shore suburbs of Devonport (one single fly) and Northcote (six single flies over an extended period of time). Three Facialis flies have been found in Otara. 
•    Read more about the Controlled Area Notices and Export Restriction Zones 
•    Find out more about the QFF and see photos
•    Find out more about the Facialis fruit fly and see photos

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