SARATOGA (CBS SF) — An area of Saratoga will be treated with pesticide Tuesday after the recent detection of two oriental fruit flies, an invasive species, Santa Clara County officials said.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture detected the flies on Aug. 29 and last Tuesday. The oriental fruit flies can infest many California crops, including apples, pears, citrus and avocados, with the female laying eggs that hatch into maggots that leave the crops unfit for consumption.READ MORE: Person Lying In Roadway Run Over, Killed In Fremont
On Tuesday, agricultural officials will apply a small patch of fruit fly attractant mixed with an organic pesticide on trees and utility poles about 8-10 feet off the ground over an area spanning a radius of 1.5 miles from the detection site, according to the county.
The state along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will also be conducting a survey consisting of multiple fruit fly traps going out 4.5 miles in each direction from the detection sites.READ MORE: Convicted Killer Harold Bicknell's Parole Rescinded; Killed Grandmother, Cousins, Aunt In 1977 Seaside Mass Slaying
The oriental fruit fly, widespread throughout much of southern Asia and neighboring islands, often makes its way into California via fruits and vegetables illegally brought by travelers, according to the county.
MORE NEWS: Eye On Earth: Battle Lines Set Over Proposal To Drill For Natural Gas in Suisun Marsh
© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.