US: Invasive peach fruit flies found in Palo Alto

Two invasive peach fruit flies were found in separate areas of the Californian city of Palo Alto during the past two weeks. Efforts to eradicate the invasive species started this Thursday, according to officials from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

The fruit flies were identified and confirmed on June 28 and July 2. The flies were located near Embarcadero Road and Highway 101, and near Alma Street between Oregon Expressway and Meadow Drive.

The peach fruit fly is considered “a devastating pest of a wide variety of important fruit and vegetables,” including peaches, apples, apricots, citrus, tomatoes watermelons, dates and avocados, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Organic bait treatments will be applied beginning Thursday within a 1.5-mile radius from where the fruit flies were found, the county said. Pest control experts will use a “male attractant” technique that has previously eliminated dozens of fruit fly infestations in California.


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