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Oriental Fruit Flies Found in Santa Clara County, Eradication Program to Commence October 25

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA. – An infestation of Oriental Fruit Fly was discovered in the City of Cupertino.  Two flies were trapped in a residential neighborhood west of the intersection of Highway 85 and De Anza Boulevard.  The identification of these insects was confirmed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).  According to State protocol, the trapping of two flies resulted in an emergency proclamation by the California Secretary of Agriculture authorizing immediate implementation of an eradication program.
The planned eradication program is scheduled to commence October 25, 2013 and will involve the “male attractant” technique using ground-based, spot applications of insecticide and pheromone lure.  This gelatinous mixture is applied as small, dollar-sized spots (“bait stations”) on street trees and utility poles.  The male fruit flies are attracted to these spots because of the lure, and die from feeding on the minute amount of insecticide in the mixture.  The treatments are applied at heights that are typically inaccessible and cause minimal disruption to the public.
CDFA workers will treat an area of approximately 10 square miles as part of this eradication effort.  The treatment area is roughly bounded by Alves Drive to the north, Johnson Avenue on the east, Blauer Drive on the south, and Stevens Canyon Road on the west.
Oriental Fruit Fly is an exotic insect pest found throughout much of southern Asia.  Distribution in the United States is restricted to the Hawaiian Islands.  Oriental Fruit Fly is a pest of over 230 kinds of fruits and vegetables including citrus, stone fruits, apple, pear fruits, avocado and tomato. 
Infestations of Oriental Fruit Fly likely result from the introduction of contraband fruit. 
Interview Opportunity: Agricultural Commissioner Joseph Deviney will be available at 9 A.M. at 1553 Berger Drive, San Jose.
Photo Opportunity: State crew will be applying lure at the bait stations near Belknap Drive and Elmsford Drive in Cupertino at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, October 25.    
Media Contacts: Joseph Deviney, Agricultural Commissioner (408) 642-0440; Michelle Thom, Deputy Commissioner (408) 690-7589; Eric Wylde, Deputy Commissioner (408) 690-6917
Posted: October 23, 2013