Invasive, exotic fruit fly has returned to Florida

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.


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