(AP) – California agriculture authorities are preparing to deal with the discovery of Oriental fruit flies in the Laguna Beach area of Orange County.
The state Department of Food and Agriculture said Monday that small patches of male fruit fly attractant mixed with pesticide will be applied this week to street trees in a 7-square-mile area around the sites where two flies were recently trapped.
Officials say the Oriental fruit fly is a threat to more than 230 types of fruits, vegetables and other plants. The female flies lay eggs inside ripening fruit and the resulting maggots make it inedible.
Such non-native pests usually turn up in urban and suburban areas after arriving in California inside fruits and vegetables illegally carried by travelers.