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Medfly found in Delray; eradication expands

A Mediterranean fruit fly has been found in a trap in the 100 block of Andrews Avenue in Delray Beach. This is the first detection of the pest outside of Boca
Raton, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture.



Medflies are an invasive species that damages citrus and other fruits by implanting eggs
that can hatch inside, making the fruit inedible or unsuitable for sale.



State and federal officials have launched an eradication program, which includes the
release of sterile fruit flies. This program is being expanded to include south
Delray.



For more information visit
www.doacs.state.fl.us or call 888-397-1517.

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