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 - 20 December 2019
On the ground efforts to manage the Queensland fruit fly detections in the Northcote area continue. The Controlled Area Notice which restricts the movement of some fruit and vegetables remains in place, along with extensive trapping.
It is possible the Controlled Area Notice could be lifted if there are no further detections of QFF this summer. We’ll update you in more detail on this in our next update in early 2020.
Since the end of baiting on six weeks ago, our operational focus has been on intensive trapping, movement controls, and planning for possible next steps. With summer underway and the upcoming holiday period, Biosecurity New Zealand has been continuing to keep the general public informed regarding movement of green waste and garden waste.
The last detection of Queensland fruit fly was a single male on 15 July. This find took the total number of QFF found in the Northcote area to 10. There has still been no evidence found of larvae, pupae, eggs or female flies, which is very encouraging.
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: