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As a result of these requirements, the continued use of insecticides is increasingly limited near harvest, making it necessary to evaluate other control strategies for inclusion in integrated pest management programs to reduce Mexican fruit fly populations.
They include four moths (European grapevine moth, false codling moth, gypsy moth and light brown apple moth), three flies (Mediterranean fruit fly, Mexican fruit fly and Oriental fruit fly), three beetles (Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer and Khapra beetle), two diseases (citrus greening, sudden oak death), the insect that spreads citrus greening (Asian citrus psyllid), one ant (imported fire ant), and one snail (giant African snail).
Nevertheless, "the methods to incorporate these technologies into mass rearing of sterile flies and the technique are now in use for control of the Mexican fruit fly in Mexico," notes Teal, who coauthored a paper in the April 2011 issue of Journal of Applied Entomology.
Ionizing irradiation quarantine treatment against Mexican fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) in citrus fruits.
His leadership was instrumental in the Department's response to El Nino floods in 1997, the Citrus Freeze of 1998, and infestations of exotic pests and diseases including: Avian Influenza, Bovine Tuberculosis, Exotic Newcastle Disease, Glassy Winged Sharpshooter, Guava fruit fly, Mediterranean fruit fly, Melon fruit fly, Mexican fruit fly, Oriental fruit fly, Red Imported Fire Ant, and West Indian fruit fly.
Ten-year losses from the Mexican fruit fly in South Texas and northern Mexico alone have been estimated at almost $7 billion from export sanctions, lost markets, treatment costs, and reduced crop yields.
SUN VALLEY - State crews will begin a Mexican fruit fly eradication program today that includes ground application of a pesticide to get rid of the pests.
In an effort to save valuable crops currently quarantined in northern San Diego County due to a Mexican fruit fly infestation, growers are turning to a solution recently approved by the USDA for use on citrus fruit in this infestation.