Hold the mangos, please.

May 13, 2011

After spending the spring battling the Mediterranean fruit fly in Pompano Beach, DPI is looking forward to only having one more month left in this eradication cycle, pending no new fly finds. There were three core areas around Medfly finds in Pompano, and one of the core area eradication cycles ended on May 4. The two other core areas are scheduled to end on June 16 and June 18. Things are looking up for the eradication program, but mangos coming into season could throw a kink in eradication plans. You can help prevent prolonging eradication completion by following DPI guidelines for moving host plants and fruit.

Mangos are a known host for Medfly and are in production in the Pompano Beach area. Also, many homeowners near the Medfly find core areas have backyard mango trees. While shipping tasty, homegrown Florida mangos to friends and relatives in other parts of the state and country might seem like a nice thing to do, it could be detrimental to eradication efforts.

If you are in the Medfly quarantine area, it is illegal to move fruit, vegetables or nuts within or outside of the quarantine area. Moving fruit risks the spread of Medfly. We ask that you do not move fresh fruit from your property, as even delicious-looking fruit could be full of Medfly maggots which quickly hatch into adult flies. Also, please pick up any fallen or extra fruit. When you dispose of fruit, tie it in a plastic bag and put it out with household trash, not yard waste. Don’t just follow these instructions yourself; tell your friends and family, too! Everyone’s cooperation is needed to successfully eradicate the Medfly.

Medfly Mango Poster

If you are located in the Medfly quarantine area, you’ll probably come across this poster. If you have any questions, please visit the DPI website or call the division’s toll-free helpline at 888-397-1517. For background information, check out our related blog posts.

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