FLORIDA COUNTIES CONTROL MEDFLIES, WAR RAGES

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNS) -- The population of Mediterranean fruit flies, which has infested two Florida counties this year, appears to be under control, according to Ray Gilmer of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association here.se of sterile males and ground spraying where minor outbreaks had been noted. Gilmer said the strategy has effectively controlled the population, with fewer flies reported in ensuing

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNS) -- The population of Mediterranean fruit flies, which has infested two Florida counties this year, appears to be under control, according to Ray Gilmer of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association here.

se of sterile males and ground spraying where minor outbreaks had been noted. Gilmer said the strategy has effectively controlled the population, with fewer flies reported in ensuing days. "This has helped, but we are looking for strategies to keep these outbreaks from happening again," said Gilmer. Several factors consistently work against officials in charge of Medfly eradication efforts. Gilmer noted that the proximity of farming areas to popular resort destinations and the sheer volume of produce business conducted in the state make widespread spraying almost impossible. "It is hard to protect crops with the amount of tourism and shipping Florida enjoys," he said.