Queensland fruit fly successfully eradicated in Perth’s western suburbs

The Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) pest has been eradicated from Perth’s western suburbs following concerted efforts by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the local community.

The department initiated a dedicated response following an outbreak of Qfly in Dalkeith and surrounds in March last year.

Quarantine measures were put in place to stop the spread of the pest, which involved 13,500 premises across Dalkeith, Nedlands, Claremont and surrounding suburbs, and required residents to restrict the movement of Qfly host fruit.

Qfly attacks a wide range of fruits and fruiting vegetables and while found in parts of eastern Australia, it is not established in WA. 

During the 10-month response campaign in the western suburbs, 20,000 baits and traps were deployed, 170,000 property inspections undertaken, 32 tonnes of fruit collected and more than 30 million sterile flies released.

At the height of the eradication effort, more than 200 response personnel were on the ground conducting inspection and control activities. 

While restrictions for this area have lifted, it is important for community members to continue to maintain overall garden hygiene and be on the lookout for any unusual pests.

If you see any unusual pest activity using the department’s MyPestGuide™ please contact the Pest and Disease Information Service on (08) 9368 3080 or padis@dpird.wa.gov.au.