Aircraft to release sterile fruit flies

Published on 04 August 2021

Light aircraft on ground prior to take off

A small low-flying airplane will release sterile fruit flies over Adelaide from August to December this year to help control the fruit fly population. 

Following release, sterile fruit flies will breed with wild flies, resulting in eggs that will not hatch, according to the Department of Primary Industries and Regions. 

Aerial release of fruit flies over metropolitan fruit fly affected areas also took place in April and May this year. 

This approach also reduces the need for pesticides when growing fruit and vegetables at home.

Fruit flies pose a major threat to the South Australian horticulture industry.

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