The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has sounded the alarm about Bactrocera dorsalis in Pinellas County. To protect crops in the area, there’s currently a quarantine order prohibiting the movement of fruit, vegetables and nuts without a compliance agreement from the department.
The FDACS, which says the flies were found recently during routine trapping is concerned. These fruit flies can voraciously attack a wide range of “host crops,” including vegetables, nuts and fruits like citrus, avocados and mangoes. “This makes it imperative to act quickly and decisively,” when any species is found.