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Discovery of Mexican Fruit Fly Puts Area of Cameron County Put Under Quarantine

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Posted: Mar 6, 2012 6:01 PM

Updated: Mar 7, 2012 8:28 AM

CAMERON COUNTY - A large area of Cameron County is now under quarantine from a harmful fruit pest.

The Texas Department of Agriculture sent a statement saying a Mexican fruit fly was detected in a grapefruit grove in Cameron County. The pests are not harmful to human consumption, but they can severely damage the fruit.

The area of concern is 81 square miles just south of San Benito. Growers within this area have the option to move the fruit. They can use a bait spray program, fumigation or take their fruit to a juicing plant.

The quarantine is expected to be in place for approximately four months.

Image: Quarantine boundary map

Topics: Cameron county, quarantine, fruit fly, agriculture, san benito

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