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Pest Be Known

July 30, 1988|Clipboard researched by Susan Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

The Orange County Department of Agriculture inspects incoming material for pernicious pests and issues certificates for outgoing shipments that guarantee the products are pest-free.

INSPECTIONS PERFORMED

1986 1987 Postal 11,860 20,074 UPS 5,350 6,469 Truck 910 833 Air 443 484 Railroad 2 1 Other 1,238 1,162 TOTAL 19,803 29,023 Rejections 8,135 7,603

CERTIFICATES ISSUED

Year Number 1987 7,603 1986 8,135

DETECTION AND EXCLUSION

1987 1986 Traps deployed 7,000 6,692 PESTS FOUND: Oriental fruit flies 17 2 Mediterranean 1 0 fruit flies Guava fruit flies 0 3

NO HARM, NO FOULBROOD . . .

American Foulbrood is a bacterium spread by adult bees that affects developing bees in their larva and pupa stages. When it is found, beekeepers must destroy the unborn bees. The average range of infection in Orange County is 15-18% of apiaries inspected. The high point of American Foulbrood infection in the county was 29% in 1970. The low was 5%, in 1959.

1987 1986 Two-Year Total Apiaries inspected 81 147 228 Total number infected 15 32 47 Percent infected 19 22 21

Source: Orange County Department of Agriculture

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