Medfly declared eradicated in Boca Raton

09/01/2010 02:00:00 AM

By Citrus + Vegetable Magazine staff

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has declared success in eradicating a Mediterranean fruit fly infestation near Boca Raton.

As a result, the department has lifted restrictions on fruit movement within the quarantine area, according to a news release.

The quarantine was prompted by the discovery of a female Medfly in a trap in early June.

The detection as part of a routine trapping program designed to catch infestations at early stages.

More than 55 adult flies and 11 larvae were subsequently detected.

Fruit from host trees was stripped on properties on which the insects were found. Those trees as well as soil and nearby host plants were treated with an insecticide.

As part of the eradication effort, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released thousands of sterile male Medflies over the area every week.

The theory is that the sterile flies will inundate an area, making it difficult for a wild female to find a mate.

Eventually the population dies out for lack of reproduction.

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