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Agriculture Press Release

September 30, 1999

Oriental Fruit Fly Eradicated From Central Florida

TAMPA The Oriental fruit fly has been eradicated from Central Florida as of today, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced.

"We have not trapped any wild Oriental fruit flies in Hillsborough or Volusia counties since July 30," Crawford said. "Im pleased that our cooperative effort with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as the assistance of thousands of citizens and businesses across the state, has allowed us to eradicate this pest from Central Florida."

From May 26 through today, a 34-square-mile quarantine was in effect for the interbay peninsula area of South Tampa. There now are no restrictions on the sale or movement of fruit anywhere in the state, except for those portions of Dade, Broward, Manatee, Collier and Hendry counties under quarantine for citrus canker.

From May 17 to July 30, 17 Oriental fruit flies were detected in Central Florida: 12 males and four females throughout Tampa, and a single male near Deltona, in Volusia County. In late August, two male flies detected near Titusville, in Brevard County, were suspected as being Oriental fruit flies, but subsequent tests determined they were guava fruit flies. With no subsequent fly detections elsewhere, no other quarantine measures were necessary.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the USDA monitor more than 50,000 fruit fly traps statewide. This years Oriental fruit fly infestation was the largest to date in Florida. The fly attacks more than 140 different fruits and vegetables, including oranges, grapefruit, lemons, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, apples and grapes.

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For more information:

Terence McElroy
(850) 488-3022


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