Agriculture Press Release

April 28, 1998

Additional Trapping Begins after Female Medfly
is Discovered in Central Florida

TALLAHASSEE -- A single Mediterranean fruit fly has been found in the Lake County town of Umatilla, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced today.

The female Medfly was discovered yesterday in a Jackson trap hanging in a sour orange tree at the intersection of Owens Lane and Bayless Road, adjacent to an abandoned grove.

Inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry and the United States Department of Agriculture will begin intensive trapping immediately. The additional fruit fly traps will bring the total to approximately 1700 in an 81-square-mile zone surrounding the find.

"This Medfly detection demonstrates the effectiveness of our trapping program," Crawford said. "The Jackson trap is designed to attract male Medflies, so the fact that we caught a female Medfly who had not yet mated suggests that this fly is on her own. But only time and intensive trapping will prove that."

Fruit fly detection is being intensified in the area in accordance with the joint State/Federal Mediterranean Fruit Fly Emergency Program Action Plan which calls for a delimiting survey in the 81-square-mile zone radiating from any find.

During this survey, 100 additional Jackson fruit fly traps will be placed in the one-square-mile core area surrounding the find and will be checked daily; 50 traps per square mile in the one-mile buffer surrounding the core; 25 traps per square mile in the two-mile buffer; 20 traps per square mile in the three-mile buffer; and 10 traps per square mile in the four-mile buffer.

Umatilla is a town of approximately 2300 people just south of the Ocala National Forest.


For More Information:

Liz Compton
(850) 488-3022

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