More Mediterranean fruit flies discovered in Mira Mesa

A quarantine is in effect Wednesday in parts of Mira Mesa after the discovery of more Mediterranean fruit flies, San Diego County agriculture officials said.

Three medflies and 14 larvae were found one mile away from the area in Mira Mesa where one of the insects was discovered May 22.

“Finding the fruit fly larvae means that it is necessary to remove ripe and near-ripe fruit within a 100-meter-radius around the second find site,” said county Agriculture Commissioner Robert Atkins.

“Additionally, we are asking the public to not remove fruit and vegetables from the Mira Mesa area,” he said.

California Department of Food and Agriculture staff will treat and remove fruit from the area where the medflies were found.

The Mediterranean fruit fly is known to damage more than 260 types of fruits and vegetables. Damage occurs when the female lays eggs inside the fruit, which hatch into maggots that tunnel through the flesh, making the fruit inedible

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