Agricultural inspectors completed the first round of eradication efforts against an exotic, crop-destroying fruit fly Thursday, then promptly began a second dousing of a 16-square mile target area in the west-central part of the county.
Meanwhile, no new guava fruit flies have been snared in an intensified trapping program covering 150 square miles around backyards in Garden Grove, Westminster and Midway City where the original three flies were found, a spokesman for the Orange County agriculture commissioner's office said.
The pest was found for the first time in the Western Hemisphere earlier this month.
"What we're hoping for, of course, is that there are no more out there," said Wayne Appel, a deputy commissioner. "But we'll know more in a couple of weeks. We think their reproductive cycle is about a month long, so we figure in a couple of weeks, if there are any more out there, we'll get them."
The first specimen of the guava fruit fly--or Dacus correctus-- was trapped Aug. 6 in a backyard peach tree in Garden Grove. Two more were found Aug. 9, one in a peach tree in Westminster, another in a grapefruit tree in Midway City. It was the first trace of the fruit fly, a native of India and Asia, on this side of the Pacific Ocean.