No flies for Guy’s guy



With spring in the air, the Ministry of Primary Industries is hopping to it, asking Aucklanders to “hang in there” as eradication of the Queensland fruit fly resumes.
MPI’s planning manager, Edwin Ainley, says the Ministry is preparing a fresh assault on the pest.
“Now the weather’s warming up, if flies did manage to survive the earlier treatment blitz, they’d be on the wing and we’d trap them in our extensive network of lure traps. Residents in areas of central Auckland can expect to see officials checking the traps twice weekly.”
When a small population of the fly was found in Grey Lynn in February a Controlled Area was established with restrictions on movements of fresh fruit and vegetables.
“We can’t assure trading partners that the population is gone until the empty traps confirm our success,” Mr Ainley says. “At this stage, we hope to declare eradication and end the movement controls on fruit and veggies before Christmas.”

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