Citrus Production Areas Maintained Free of Caribbean Fruit Fly for Export Certification
When Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew), became established in Florida in 1965 in the Miami area, a decision was made not to attempt eradication. This decision was based on two considerations. One was that such a program would be extremely costly since there was no available lure and the other was more importantly based on the fly’s history in Puerto Rico, where it had been studied for some 30 years and had been observed to generally ignore citrus as a host. (Anonymous, 1966; Weems, 1966). Caribfly quickly spread throughout Florida, and by 1968 it was present in 30 counties. Also in this same year on March 18, Caribfly was found for the first time infesting a commercial citrus grove. This was a grapefruit grove in St. Lucie County located between Ft. Pierce and White City.
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