Medfly here to stay

olpea(zone 6 KS)September 7, 2013

The press release below is a month old so some of you may have already read about it, but I thought I post it here anyway.

California has given up eradicating the Medfly, so it will be just a matter of time before it's ubiquitous across the U.S.

I believe this pest is supposed to be every bit as bad or worse than SWD. I wonder how this will affect fruit growing in the U.S., particularly CA where so much fruit is grown.

I would think this would be a disaster for CA, but I would have thought the same about SWD. Yet the CA fruit industry seems to be coping just fine with SWD.

Other than Axel, I don't recall any other CA GardenWeb members mention any problem with SWD. Seems like the Midwest is having most of the problems with SWD

Maybe CA is dry enough even fruit flies move to places where there is more rain.

Here is a link that might be useful: Medfly and other fruit flies entrenched in CA

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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)


I have also wondered why Florida seems to be having little trouble with SWD at least so far.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 11:28AM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)


That's a puzzle to me too. I wonder if it's too hot for optimum reproduction. I've heard SWD won't lay when temps are too hot. I hope it continues to be a minor issue in FL. It would be nice to hear some fruit growing regions of the U.S. are not ideal climates for SWD.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 12:15PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)


I know the fly is here even in my county. I did read it is a cool weather fly and that does not make me happy at all as my blueberries bloom in February and fruit in April/May

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 1:00PM
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jagchaser(5A NE, -15-115f may frost)

Well if it cant handle heat or drought then Im good to go. It was 109 here yesterday and 105 today with 30 mph winds. Not much survives that.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 10:36PM
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