Mediterranean fruit fly forces quarantine for swath of Riverside County


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PERRIS, California — State agriculture officials have declared a Mediterranean fruit fly quarantine for a swath of western Riverside County.

The Press-Enterprise reports ( ) that the quarantine was announced Wednesday.

The quarantine comes after more than a dozen fruit flies were trapped in the Perris area between Dec. 10 and 30.

Residents, farmers and fruit sellers are asked not to move fruit from the 83-square-mile area.

The flies that originate in Africa can infest more than 250 types of fruits and vegetables, a major threat to the nation's most productive farm state.

Federal, state and local officials are working to eradicate the infestation by releasing sterile male flies and spraying a pesticide near areas where the fly was found.

Information from: The Press-Enterprise,

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