PERRIS, California — State agriculture officials have declared a Mediterranean fruit fly quarantine for a swath of western Riverside County.
The Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1Ak6kFt ) 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, http://www.pe.com
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