Two flies discovered in Sun Valley area
SACRAMENTO-The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is scheduled to begin an eradication program for the Mexican fruit fly on Friday, October 26 in the Sun Valley section of Los Angeles County. The announcement follows the discovery of two wild flies in the area over a three-week period.
The Mexican fruit fly is native to central Mexico. In California, the pest threatens important crops such as avocados, stone fruits and citrus, especially grapefruit. Damage occurs when an adult female fly lays eggs in the fruit, with the resulting larvae making the fruit unfit for consumption.
“Exotic fruit flies are a serious threat to California agriculture,” said CDFA Secretary William (Bill) J. Lyons, Jr. “We must respond quickly to minimize risk whenever we detect a new infestation.”
Eradication will begin with the ground application of a pesticide and a fruit fly bait mixture applied to all host plants within a 200-meter radius of each find. The release of sterile Mexican fruit flies in a 10-square mile area will follow, with the first sterile flies scheduled for release on November 4.
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