Fruit Fly Management in the Adelaide Hills

Fruit fly can spread by movement of fruit and irresponsible gardening practices, where trees are not maintained and ripe fruit is not picked or is left rotting on the ground. 

It is important for residents, businesses and community groups of the Adelaide Hills to manage any fruit trees or plants at risk from fruit fly that are located:

  • on verges in front of your own property
  • at community centres
  • in community gardens.

By removing fallen, ripe and rotten fruit, you are stopping the fruit fly life cycle by destroying the breeding source. If Council declares a "red outbreak area", fruit waste must be securely disposed of through the our existing green waste service. If management by using these methods is not achievable, then removal of trees/plants are the preferred options recommended by The Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions has confirmed the composting heat this waste receives ensures the destruction of fruit fly eggs or larvae. 

What fruit and vegetables do fruit fly like?

Fruit fly are attracted to fruits including:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Capsicum
  • Cherry
  • Chilly
  • Cumquat
  • Date
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Durian
  • Eggplant
  • Fig
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Jackfruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lychee
  • Mandarin
  • Mango
  • Nectarine
  • Olive
  • Orange
  • Passionfruit
  • Paw Paw
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Persimmon
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Quince
  • Raspberry
  • Tomato

For the full list, visit

Fruit and vegetables are safe from fruit fly if they are prepared in the following ways:

  • canned
  • cooked
  • dried
  • frozen
  • grated
  • packaged or processed
  • pureed

Cut, sliced or mashed fruit and vegetables listed on this page are still a risk for fruit fly, and restrictions apply on moving them around.

To ensure our district remains safe from fruit fly outbreaks, Council will complete the following which occur on Council land:

  • clean up any fallen or rotten fruit on the ground
  • pick fruit off trees as it ripens
  • prune back fruit trees which make it difficult to access fruit at the top
  • remove any unwanted fruit trees to remove the risk of fruit fly
  • ensure at-risk fruit and vegetables are not moved outside red outbreak or yellow suspension areas

For further information about Fruit Fly, visit

Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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