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[UPDATED] Cerritos, Artesia Hit With Oriental Fruit Fly Quarantine By State Officials

Fruit Fly's are back in Artesia and Cerritos.

Fruit Fly’s are back in Artesia and Cerritos.

By Justin Cooley
The Oriental Fruit Fly is back in both Artesia and Cerritos prompting state officials to take action on Wednesday by declaring a quarantine in the two communities.
A quarantine zone was also called for in the Anaheim area of Orange County.
State officials confirmed to Hews Media Group-Community News that “a number of adult flies and larvae have been discovered on properties within the quarantine zone.”
The oriental fruit fly is known to damage over 230 different fruits and vegetables. Infestation occurs when the fruit flies lay larvae eggs within the flesh of the vegetation. The insect threatens numerous California crops although most infestations occur in urban areas.
The Oriental Fruit Fly is small – about the same size as a housefly – but is pure evil to farmers in California. In the 1970’s the pesky bug destroyed walnut, cherry, grape, pepper and tomato crops in Central California.
Other zones include portions of cities including: Buena Park, Cypress, and Stanton. The zone continues south to Westminster Blvd.
The CDFA will be following past Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principals in its eradication effort. The “male attractant” technique is method previously used in other quarantined zones that has successfully eradicated the pest. Workers will spray small patches of fly attractant mixed with pesticides 8-10 feet off the ground on streets and other areas. After consuming the pesticides the flies will die.
For more information about the project call the department’s Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899. Maps of the treatment areas are available online at: www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/go/FFmaps-peps

  • McMahon, J. says:

    Friday, August 16, 2013.

    Not at all surprised, the Fruit Flies have called Cerritos- Home for mating and reproduction in to the fruits.


    Look around, city sidewalks covered with fallen fruits and laying spoiling on city sidewalks and gutters.

    Cerritos gutters are not draining and host to mosquitoes and larva.

    Cerritos Shoemaker Gore waterfalls, water is stagment green, full of deposited freeway litter and the compounds around said intersection, dead trees and meadows of weed- weeds –weeds and little marijuana plant growing.

    They fly over head over Cerritos, looks at the NO maintenance back yards to most home. Empty RV SideYards are harvesting dead pots and trash. Patios have become outdoor storage garages. Patio tops are rotten and fallen down. Window screens are breached and falling off from windows. Fruit trees are dying or the fruit is soil and fallen on ground. Look at the hi number of green pools or empty swimming poolts. Dog manure on grounds. Walls tops are full of possum and raccoon manure. Coyote manure lines the street and river bed channel. Chimney tops are covered with manure from Crows and Hawks. Regional Park is full of dog and duck manure.

    Ageism and diversity is not wearing well in Cerritos, as the city is not being maintained to industry standards. Look at most of the homes of the 5 CCC persons, non of the homes nor investment properties are cared for compared to industry standards, yes they all drive around in expensive luxury cars, so the can drive their wealth, but not maintain their property.