CDFA: Quarantine on Fruit Fly
Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced TODAY a quarantine where
oriental fruit flies have been detected in the Anaheim area of Orange County
and in the Artesia/Cerritos area of Los Angeles County.
oriental fruit fly is known to target over 230 different fruit, vegetable and
plant commodities. Damage occurs when the female lays eggs inside the fruit. The
eggs, in turn, hatch into maggots that tunnel through the flesh of the fruit,
making it unfit for consumption.
adult flies and larvae have been detected on properties in the quarantine
zone. Additional information, including a map of the 130-square-mile
quarantine zone, is available at: Oriental Fruit Fly (Off) Quarantine Information. The zone is centered on the Anaheim (Orange
County) and Artesia/Cerritos (Los Angeles County) areas and includes portions
of Buena Park, Cypress, and Stanton, reaching south to Westminster Boulevard,
north to Florence Avenue, west to Paramount Boulevard,
and to the east to Anaheim Boulevard.
system to detect invasive species like the oriental fruit fly is working well
and according to design,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “The key is to
respond quickly and take action before the pests can spread.”
the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), CDFA uses a “male
attractant” technique as the mainstay of its eradication effort for this
pest. This approach has successfully eliminated dozens of fruit fly
infestations in California.
workers squirt a small patch of fly attractant mixed with a very small dose of
pesticide and hang it approximately 8-10 feet off the ground on street trees
and similar surfaces. Male flies are attracted to the mixture and die after
male attractant treatment program is underway over several square miles
surrounding the sites where the Oriental fruit flies were trapped. Maps of
the treatment areas are available online at: Exotic
Fruit Fly Eradication Information.
fruit flies and other pests threaten California’s crops, the vast majority of
them are detected in urban and suburban areas. To prevent the spread of fruit
flies through homegrown fruits and vegetables, residents of fruit fly
quarantine areas are urged NOT to move any fruits or vegetables from their
property. Fruits and vegetables may be consumed or processed (i.e. juiced,
frozen, cooked, or ground in the garbage disposal) at the property where they
or near these properties, additional measures include removal of host fruits
and vegetables, fruit cutting to detect any fly larvae that may be present, and
treatment of host trees and plants with the organic-approved material, spinosad.
most common pathway for these pests to enter the state is by “hitchhiking” in
fruits and vegetables brought back illegally by travelers as they return from
infested regions around the world.
help prevent extensive infestations, officials ask that residents do NOT bring
or mail fresh fruit, vegetables, plants, or soil into California—unless
agricultural inspectors have cleared the shipment beforehand. Because fruit
flies and other pests can hide in a variety of produce, it is important to
cooperate with any quarantine restrictions and to allow authorized agricultural
workers access to your property to inspect fruit and oriental fruit fly traps
for signs of an infestation.
oriental fruit fly is widespread throughout much of the mainland of Southern
Asia and neighboring islands including Sri Lanka and Taiwan. It is also found
with questions about the project may call the department’s Pest Hotline at
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