Guava fruit fly detected near Orlando

08/30/2011 01:08:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

The detection of a guava fruit fly in the Windermere area of Orange County has prompted the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to conduct an intensified trapping program.

A total of 377 Jackson and 63 McPhail traps will be deployed within an 81-square-mile area surrounding the find, says Mark Fagan, a spokesman for the Division of Plant Industry. They will be checked daily for one week.

If no additional flies are detected, inspectors will continue to check them weekly for about 60 additional days—equivalent to three life cycles of the fly.

The guava fruit fly occasionally has been detected in the state in the past but has never established a strong presence.

Its host include guava, peach, mango, fig, date, sapodilla, roseapple, jujube, castor bean and sandalwood.

The fly that was trapped was a male about one to two weeks old, Fagan says.

The detection came as part of routine trapping the state conducts to pick up exotic species before they have a chance to become established, he says.

DPI maintains 56,000 traps statewide that are routinely checked every three weeks. 

Read more about the guava fruit fly on the department's Pest Alert website.

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