Since the 26th August, around 165 Oriental fruit flies have been found in Miami-Dade County, which is mainly agricultural land. Florida is hoping to eliminate these pests.
A quarantine is in effect for 98 square miles in Miami-Dade’s Redland area, where growers and other businesses had signed 1,300 compliance agreements by Thursday promising to destroy potential infected crops.
The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has responded with some measures. Earlier this month they used aerial spray treatments across 16 square miles of the quarantined area. The product used was Spinosad/GF-120 which has been approved for use on organic crops and does no harm to people or animals.
The state has also baited 25,000 traps for adult Asian fruit flies and has stripped 147,625 pounds of fruit from trees where larvae was found. This way the flies would lack places to lay their eggs.
These methods so far have cost around $800,000 however the state is asking the U.S Department of Agriculture for another $3 million to implicate further methods. It is unsure when this program will end as it depends on the flies themselves.