Fruit flies are a direct and serious threat to New Zealand’s horticulture industry. For this reason, we have developed downloadable Fruit Fly Emergency Response Templates and Documents to assist United Fresh members in the event of fruit fly finds and incursions (see below).
Queensland Fruit Fly
80% of New Zealand’s horticulture crops are susceptible to attack from these fruit flies making fruit and vegetables inedible and posing export restrictions.
Biosecurity New Zealand has been investigating finds of single male Queensland fruit flies in 2019 in the Auckland suburbs of Northcote and Devonport.
An area of Northcote remains under a Controlled Area Notice restricting the movement of locally produced whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy green or root vegetables) out of controlled areas to help prevent the spread if there are more out there.
Bactrocera Facialis Fruit Fly
Facialis fruit flies can harm home gardens and horticulture crops, in particular, capsicum and chillies. This fly is difficult to catch at the border because it can arrive as eggs or tiny larvae concealed inside fruit.
Three single male facialis fruit flies were found in separate surveillance traps in Otara between 18 February and 5 March 2019.
No further flies have been found in Otara and the Controlled Area Notice has been lifted.
Two different types of fruit flies were discovered in three separate areas of Auckland (Otara, Northcote and Devonport) between February and July 2019.
For more information visit https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/fruit-flies/
Latest situation - 8 November 2019
The 12-week long spring baiting programme in the Northcote controlled area has been ongoing since 19 August in an effort to kill any fruit flies that may have overwintered. All properties in the controlled area were baited every week according to their proximity to fruit fly finds. Today is the last day of planned baiting activity (8 November).
Although baiting has finished, the Controlled Area Notice in the Northcote area remains in place, which restricts the movement of certain fruits and vegetables. With baiting completed, the focus of the operation remains on intensive trapping and movement controls. As we progress into the warmer months, the response will also be preparing for a range of scenarios.
Biosecurity New Zealand has reintroduced controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the Auckland suburb of Northcote following the detection of a further Queensland fruit fly. Learn more here: