San Mateo County fighting off oriental fruit fly 

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The San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner has announced that the county is responding to the detection of a single oriental fruit fly in San Carlos.

The oriental fruit fly destroys crops, according to the Agricultural Commissioner, by laying eggs inside ripening fruits. The eggs hatch into maggots, which then burrow through the fruit, rendering it inedible.

Local produce that can be damaged by the flies include apples, pears, plums, apricots, cucumbers, figs, loquats, oranges, peaches, persimmons, grapes, tomatoes, and walnuts.

"Early detection of these extremely damaging pests is critical to effective control and to minimize impacts to both the agricultural and urban communities," said Agricultural Commissioner Fred Crowder.

The Agricultural Commissioner will partner with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to trap any additional oriental fruit flies by placing 350 traps over approximately 81 square miles surrounding the location where the singular insect was caught.

The oriental fruit fly is found in Southern Asia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Hawaii. The flies are most commonly transported on fruit and vegetables brought back illegally from those areas.

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