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Chile detects and deals with fruit flies

Early incidences of Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata) have been detected in Chile. The Ministry of Agriculture had set monitoring stations through a network of traps. Upon detection, the Ministry declared control measures including increased use of traps from four per 100 ha to 40, followed by life-cycle interruption. The Ministry insists that the detections do not imply that the country has lost its status as fruit fly free. The find is in a particular and so far isolated zone, and actions being carried out can impede the spread and reproduction of the pest, it says. Those include: harvesting and destroying host fruit for a radius of 200 m around the captured flies; applying the insecticide, diazinon, to the soil under each fruit tree around the reported incidences; and applying biological products targeting the elimination of adult flies in the area.

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