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Fruit Fly

Fruit flies can lay eggs in all types of maturing or ripe fruit, such as stone fruit, citrus, loquats and quinces, as well as some vegetables, including tomatoes, capsicums and chillies. Tiny creamy-white maggots hatch from the eggs and burrow through the fruit as they feed. Infested fruit can look perfectly good on the outside but is mushy and brown inside. The majority of fruit fly outbreaks are associated with travellers bringing infested fruit into the Fruit Fly Exclusion zone. Do not carry fruit at any time into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone.

Fruit fly outbreaks cost Australian fruit growers more than $100 million each year in lost income and eradication. A fruit fly outbreak means fresh produce cannot be sent freely to some interstate or overseas markets, resulting in fewer jobs in the local community and less income for the region. Just one piece of infested fruit brought into a horticultural area within the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone can cause this hardship.

Travellers can play an important role in keeping fruit fly out of major fruit growing regions. Do not bring fruit, including tomatoes, capsicums, avocados and mangoes into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone. Signs with "Fang the fruit fly", warn you when you are approaching the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone.

It is illegal to take fresh fruit into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone without a permit. Random mobile roadblocks operate within the boarders of the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone. Motorists who ignore roadside warning signs and are caught carrying fresh fruit face fines ranging from minimum $200 on-the-spot to a maximum of $100,000 for serious offences.

More information can be found on the Department of Primary Industries website by clicking the following link  Pest Free Area