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Medfly – Mediterranean Fruit Fly – Found in Palm Beach County

June 15th, 2010 · No Comments

With a focus on the Gulf oil spill and the impact on Florida’s seafood and tourism industries, the Agriculture and commerce departments have a new worry:  Medflies – Mediterrean fruit flies have been found in Palm Beach County.

A routine inspection by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, done every 21 days, turned up the destructive Mediterranean fruit fly in Boca Raton traps hung in mango trees.

Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson called it a “disturbing find.” The flies can wipe out citrus, mangoes, tomatoes, guavas, and pepper plants among others.

The flies attack more than 250 different plants, leaving their eggs to hatch in the fruit and produce maggots, which cause the fruits to rot on the plant. Reproduction is rampant.

Last outbreak in 2002

The last time any numbers of Medflies were found was in 2002. The Dept. of Ag released sterile flies to stem the numbers, and continues to do so in high-risk area.

Bronson said state and federal resources will be put behind an “all hands on deck” effort to contain the outbreak. Methods include application of a pesticide called Spinosad, used on organic crops. Soil drenching and stripping trees and plants that are infested also is a measure.

Monitoring widens

An 81-mile-wide radius from the Boca areas will be saturated with traps immediately, and cooperation from the public in placing the traps in backyard trees is needed, Bronson said.

For more information about the outbreak,  call the state’s toll-free help-line at 888-397-1517, or go the DOACS web site.

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