Waikerie is Fruit Fly Free

Riverland Fruit Fly Free Zone

Fruit flies are the world's worst fruit pest. They destroy fruit and vegetables in commercial crops and home gardens. 

The horticultural product of South Australia which is vulnerable to fruit fly infestation is worth over $400 million annually. 

To keep South Australia free of fruit fly, there are quarantine restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables into the State - both produce carried by travellers and on commercially imported produce.

It is important that quarantine restrictions on movement of fruit and vegetables are strictly observed as outbreaks of fruit fly only occur if maggot-infested fruit is brought into the State.

For more information visit Biosecurity SA or Discover Murray River

What you can do to keep SA fruit fly free

  • Don't bring fruit and vegetables into South Australia.
  • Manage your fruit trees properly by pruning your trees and maintaining a pest and disease control program. Remove all unwanted fruit trees.
  • Pick all fruit as it ripens. Don't leave ripe fruit on the tree or the ground.
  • Destroy unwanted fruit by boiling it or securing it inside a sealed plastic bag. Leave the bag in the sun for three days and then discard with the household green waste.

Call the Fruit Fly Hotline 1300 666 010

  • if you find maggots in fruit or vegetables
  • if you suspect fruit fly or other plant pests or diseases.

Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone

People planning to visit fruit-growing regions along the River Murray in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales known as the Fruit Fly Excluson Zone (FFEZ) (PDF File icon PDF 92.8 KB).

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