Nearly 15,000 additional liquid food based fruit fly attractant traps are being deployed across South Australian backyards in outbreak areas as part of the continued fight against fruit fly.

As reported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) in June, the Cera traps are in addition to the state’s existing 7,500 fruit fly trapping network, which included an extra 3,200 monitoring traps deployed since December 2019.

These traps form part of the South Australian Government’s $33.3 million investment announced in the 2021-22 State Budget, in measures to eradicate both Queensland and Mediterranean fruit fly from the state.

Other measures include sterile fruit fly release and on-ground baiting and fruit stripping.

Residents in outbreak areas are reminded to ensure that fruit does not leave their properties, and that fallen or over-ripe fruit is placed in green kerbside bins, not composted or buried onsite.

People are urged to check fruit for fruit fly larvae and report anything unusual to the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010 and visit www.fruitfly.sa.gov.au for more information.

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