22 Mar 2019

Restrictions for fruit flies lifted in two Auckland suburbs

3:06 pm on 22 March 2019

Controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in two Auckland suburbs have been lifted, after no further fruit flies were found.

A fruit fly trap in Ōtara.

Fruit fly traps will remain in in Ōtara and Devonport, but restrictions of the movement of produce ave been lifted. Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen

Between February and the start of March three facialis flies were found in Ōtara and one Queensland fruit fly was found in Devonport.

Ministry for Primary Industries spokesperson Catherine Duthie said the decision to lift restrictions in Ōtara and Devonport followed several weeks of intensive trapping and inspections of hundreds of kilograms of fruit.

No evidence of a breeding population of either fly species had been found in the two suburbs, Dr Duthie said.

"To date no further adult fruit flies, eggs, larvae or pupae have been found," she said.

"We are satisfied that with no further detections, the controlled area notices can be lifted today."

As a precautionary measure, MPI would be keeping a network of fruit fly traps in Ōtara and between Devonport and Northcote for an extended period, she said.

"If fruit flies are present, these traps will detect them," she said.

Restrictions in the North Shore suburb of Northcote, where six Queensland fruit flies have been found in recent weeks, remain in place.

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