LONG BEACH — In an effort to combat a potentially devastating Oriental fruit fly invasion, agriculture officials have declared a 90-square-mile section of Long Beach and western Orange County a quarantine area.
While there is little commercial agriculture in the area, the quarantine will require residents to refrain from removing fruit or soft vegetables from the area.
It also will require nurseries to strip fruit from trees before their sale and put tight regulations on the few outdoor vegetable vendors in the area, said Bill Edwards, deputy county agriculture commissioner.
Fruit Becomes Inedible
Oriental fruit flies lay their eggs under the skin of fruit or soft vegetables. When the eggs hatch, they become worm-like maggots, making the fruit inedible.