The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has proposed quarantine and treatment boundaries around a recent Mediterranean fruit fly infestation in Boca Raton.
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Foliar spot treatments will involve spraying Spinosad—GF-120 NF Naturalyte Fruit Fly Bait—within 1/2 mile of all positive trap catches, according to a memo from the Division of Plant Industry.
Soil under host trees with fruit known or suspected to be infested with Medfly larvae will be treated with a soil drench of diazinon. Soil under host trees in adjacent properties also will be treated.
State employees will strip fruit from all host trees on properties with larvae and within 200 meters (656 feet) of those properties. The fruit will be placed in heavy plastic bags and taken to a local landfill to be buried.
Once the chemical treatments are completed, the state, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will release thousands of sterile male Medflies over the area.
The theory is female Medflies will have a difficult time finding wild males with which to mate. Reproduction will be reduced, and eventually the population will die out.