Quarantines lifted in Escondido, Fallbrook areas
“Fruit flies are dangerous pests for
To eradicate the pest, agricultural officials employed weekly aerial releases of approximately 2.5 million sterile Medflies over the core of each quarantine area. Fertile female flies in the environment mate with the sterile male flies but produce no offspring, ultimately resulting in eradication of the pest. The sterile Medflies were brought in from the joint CDFA-U.S. Department of Agriculture rearing facility in Los Alamitos, which prepares hundreds of millions of sterile flies weekly for release over the
Fallbrook: The 79-square-mile quarantine was declared after the detection of three Medflies in local traps in October and November 2009. The quarantine was lifted on July 30.
The Mediterranean fruit fly is one of many pests that threaten both agriculture and residential gardens in
The pest can infest over 260 types of fruits and vegetables, threatening
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