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Agriculture Press Release

August 4, 1999

Single Oriental Fruit Fly Found in Deltona

DELTONA A single male Oriental fruit fly has been detected in a trap at a residence in the Deltona area of Volusia County, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced today.

"Several hundred additional traps have been placed and checked, and all have been found negative," Crawford said. "Although we have some concern that the fly might have been transported from the infested area of Hillsborough County or possibly introduced via illegally imported foreign produce, these results show the effectiveness of our trapping program."

The fly was found Friday, July 30, at 1971 Montero Circle in Deltona. No flies were found over the weekend and no spot treatments are planned at this time. Trapping density is being increased throughout Volusia County to facilitate early detection of any possible infestations in the general area as about 600 fruit fly traps are in place in the area surrounding this find.

In Hillsborough County, agriculture officials have detected a total of 16 flies in Tampa since the first one was detected in South Tampa on May 17. Biweekly spot treatments are ongoing in east Tampa and a quarantine remains in place in parts of the county. Residents in any areas with Oriental fruit flies are asked to pick up all ripe and fallen fruit in their yards, double-bag it in plastic and put the bags out with regular household garbage, not with yard trash.

Anyone with questions about the program should contact the Oriental Fruit Fly Helpline at 1-888-397-1517.

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For more information:

Maeve McConnell
(352) 372-3505
Ned Davis
(352) 372-3505

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