SACRAMENTO-The California Department of Food and Agriculture has established a 53 square mile quarantine zone in the Hyde Park section of Los Angeles County following the discovery of a small Mediterranean fruit fly infestation.
The Medfly can infest over 260 types of fruits and vegetables, causing severe impacts on California agricultural exports and backyard gardens. A permanent infestation would result in estimated annual losses of $1.3 to $1.8 billion.
Agricultural shipments from the quarantine zone will be limited by specific regulations designed to minimize movement of potentially infested commodities. In addition, people moving through the quarantine zone are urged not to remove fruits and vegetables from the area.
An eradication program for the Medfly is already underway, consisting of increased releases of sterile male flies and ground treatments within a 200-meter radius of the finds (one-eighth of a mile). The treatments will continue at 10-to 14-day intervals for approximately six weeks.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814