Oriental Fruit Fly Emergency Alert – Florida Division of Agriculture & Shopper Companies


Oriental Fruit Fly Program Pinellas County, June 23, 2022

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From junction of 66th Avenue and a hundred and fiftieth Ave north, Head E on a hundred and fiftieth Ave N to forty ninth Avenue N, Drop down forty ninth Avenue to Ulmerton Highway, Head east on Ulmerton Highway and connects with Roosevelt to go south, South on sixteenth Avenue North, East on 102nd Ave N, South on MLK Jr. Avenue N, East on 77th Avenue N, South on 4th Avenue N, East on 62nd Avenue N, South on 1st Avenue North, W on ninth Avenue N, S on 4th Avenue N, W on 1st Avenue N,S on eighth Avenue N turning into eighth Avenue S, W on fifth Avenue S, S on ninth Avenue S, W on tenth Avenue S, S on sixteenth Avenue S, W on fifteenth Avenue S, S on twenty first Avenue S, W on 18th Avenue S, S on twenty second Avenue S, W on twenty second Avenue S turns into Gulfport Blvd S and proceed NW, N on Pasadena Ave S, NW on Park Avenue S, turns into Park Avenue N, W on Bay Pine Blvd, turns in Seminole Blvd and proceed N, E on Ulmerton Highway, N on S Belcher Highway, E on 142nd Avenue N, N on 66th Avenue to a hundred and fiftieth Avenue N connecting to the start line.

Quarantine Zone

State and federal agriculture officers are mandated to maintain the Oriental fruit fly overseas. At any time when fruit flies are discovered within the continental U.S., the pest should be eradicated. A quarantine has been established within the St. Petersburg space of Pinellas County as a result of detection of Oriental fruit flies. There are guidelines for residential and industrial areas.

Residential Properties Throughout the Quarantine:

  •  Don’t transfer recent fruit or greens off your property.
  •  Choose up any fallen produce, double bag, tie the bag and get rid of it in your family rubbish.

Nursery and Inventory Sellers:

  • Adjust to the unique fruit fly quarantine necessities for the dealing with and/or shifting of regulated articles.
  • Contact 1-888-397-1517 to evaluation and signal a Compliance Settlement.

Therapy will proceed throughout the 1.5-square-mile space across the fly detections. The remedies include a bait and insecticide combination. Flies are killed once they feed on the bait. The therapy could also be utilized weekly to the higher portion of utility poles and timber. Remedies are utilized for a interval of two life cycles of the fly (roughly 60 days) previous the date of the final detection.

Program Info

The Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, is likely one of the world’s most critical unique fruit flies. The fly infests over 430 completely different fruits, greens and nuts by laying its eggs within the hosts, making them unmarketable. The Florida Division of Agriculture and Shopper Companies (FDACS), together with the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA), is working diligently to eradicate this pest.  FDACS and USDA monitor greater than 56,000 fruit fly traps statewide as an early detection community in opposition to unique fruit fly introductions that threaten Florida’s agriculture trade. 

The Oriental fruit fly has been detected a number of instances in Florida since 1964, and every time it has been efficiently eradicated. The final detection was in Seminole County in August of 2021. This species is taken into account one of the crucial critical of the world’s fruit fly pests resulting from its potential financial hurt. 

FDACS has confirmed the detection of Oriental fruit flies in Pinellas County. The preliminary two flies had been found on Might 17, 2022,  throughout routine trapping, and two extra flies had been found on June 14 and 16, throughout expanded trapping actions encompassing a 113-square mile space. One mated feminine was captured on June 22. 

Remedies are being carried out in a 1.5-square-mile space across the fly detections. The remedies include male annihilation method (MAT), foliar spot therapy, soil drench therapy and fruit removing.  

MAT therapy makes use of a bait and insecticide combination, killing the flies once they feed on the bait. It could be utilized weekly to the higher portion of utility poles, timber and different inanimate objects out of the conventional attain of individuals and pets. Remedies are utilized for a interval of two life cycles of the fly (roughly 60 days) previous the date of the final detection. 

Foliar spot therapy makes use of Spinosad, an insecticide derived from naturally occurring soil organisms and generally utilized by natural growers, to identify deal with host timber within the space. 

Soil drench is used on the soil beneath host timber with fruit identified or suspected to be infested with larvae, pupae or a mated feminine fruit fly. Fruit removing is important when larva is present in infested fruits or greens. Fruit from host timber is eliminated, positioned in double luggage and correctly disposed of so flies haven’t any host materials to put eggs.  

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