REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta County Agricultural Commissioner and California Department of Food and Agriculture are looking into the detection of an Oriental Fruit Fly in the city of Redding in Shasta County.
The detection occurred on July 16, 2018, and this is the first time in recorded history that the fly has been detected in the area.
The fly is known to target over 230 different kinds of fruits, vegetables and plant commodities. The damage occurs when a female fruit fly lays her eggs inside the fruit. The eggs hatch into maggots and tunnel through the flesh of the fruit, making it inedible.
Paul Kjos, Shasta County Agricultural Commissioner, reported that the CDFA and SCDA staff have placed over 250 insect traps in the area to determine whether it is an isolated fly or if there is a population in the area.
Traps will be monitored for the next 10-12 weeks to assure that there are no other flies present.