Environment & Science

Oriental fruit fly infestation in Pasadena area

An 89-square-mile area of Los Angeles County has been quarantined by California agriculture officials because crop-destroying Oriental fruit flies have turned up in traps.

The quarantine went in effect Aug. 5 in the Pasadena and San Marino area.

State Department of Food & Agriculture spokesman Steve Lyle said Tuesday there have been two applications of an attractant and small amount of pesticide that lures male fruit flies and kills them.

The bait and pesticide, squirted on light poles and trees, was applied July 23 and Aug. 6 and will continue at two week intervals.

Residents in the quarantine area are asked not to move fruit and plants from their property.

Fruit flies usually hitchhike in fruits and vegetables brought into the country illegally.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.