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Fruit Fly Detection - Update 9 April 2018
The detection of one male fruit fly at Mowbray in the State's north is being investigated by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).
The detection of a single male fruit fly does not constitute an outbreak and does not require a control zone at Launceston. However it is important that any detections are thoroughly investigated to try and identify the source of the fly.
Currently surveillance traps are being installed by Biosecurity Tasmania around the area as well as following up with the landholder and neighbouring property owners to try and determine the source of this detection. That includes undertaking traceback of produce that may have been brought on site or neighbouring sites, as well as surveillance of any host produce plants in surrounding gardens.
The detection was made from a public report at Mowbray.
Community support and vigilance to the threat of fruit fly has been outstanding. Departmental entomologists have received hundreds of reports from the public – with almost all of them being negative. However this detection highlights the importance of all possible reports being made and investigated.
This report was made by a member of the public who captured the fly inside their house.
Preliminary surveillance has not identified any current fruiting trees on the property but Biosecurity Tasmania are checking surrounding properties as well.
Outside this current investigation, work is ongoing on the fruit fly response. Prior to the Mowbray detection, the detection early last week was within the already infected area at George Town. No changes have been made to the Control Area in place on Flinders Island or the Northern Tasmania Control Area.