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Agriculture Press Release

July 10, 1998

Single Male Medfly Found Near Sebring

TALLAHASSEE -- A single Mediterranean fruit fly has been found just north of Sebring, in Highlands County, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced today. The male Medfly was discovered late yesterday in a Jackson trap hanging in a grapefruit tree in a grove at the intersection of Highway 17 and Arbuckle Creek Road.

Inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have begun intensive trapping in the area. The additional fruit fly traps will bring the total to approximately 1,700 in an 81-square-mile zone surrounding the find.

"Intensive trapping will give us a clearer picture of what were up against," Crawford said.

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.

Ground treatment around the find will begin pending approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. Citizens in the Sebring area are asked to do the following:

  • Do not move any home-grown fruit or vegetables off your property.
  • Double-bag in plastic all fallen fruits and vegetables in your yard.
  • Put those bags out with regular household garbage, NOT with yard trash.

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For More Information:

Maeve McConnell
(941) 655-1720


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