OFF 2018 Eradication Program in Miami-Dade County
Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) Update (as of 06/06/18):
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified the presence of three Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. There is a map with the exact location of these findings. To see the map click on the image below or on the following link: SeeOFFMapJune04.
We will be updating along with new updates from FDACS findings.
As a result of these positive findings, there is a Eradication Program in place in Miami-Dade County.
How Does an Eradication Program Work?
To eradicate this Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) pest, treatment is being conducted in a 1.5-square-mile area around the OFF detections. This treatment consists of attracting male flies to bait which consists of an attractant, an insecticide, and a thickening agent. The flies are killed when they feed on the bait. The mixture is applied every other week to the upper portion of utility poles, trees and inanimate objects for a period of two life cycles of the fly (approximately 60 days) past the date of the last detection. A third life cycle (approximately 30 days) after the treatment is complete, and no additional fly has been detected, is also required to declare eradication.
Upcoming Oriental Fruit Fly Workshop (new time):
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and United States Department of Agriculture will participate in a town hall meeting to provide program updates to stakeholders in the Redland area of Miami-Dade County. The meeting is being hosted by the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The meeting will be conducted in English with concurrent Spanish translation.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: At our UF/IFAS Extension office: 18710 SW 288th St. Homestead, FL 33030. For more information call to 305-2483311.
If you suspect a OFF infestation please contact FDACS-DPI helpline at 1-888-397-1517 and DPIHelpline@FreshFromFlorida.com – Please do not bring produce samples with suspected fruit fly infestation to the UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County Office.
For more OFF information go to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS):Click HERE