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March 16, 1990
Re medfly spraying: No longer is it government of the people, by the people and for the people; it is government of big business, by big business and for big business. Marjorie Inman Garden Grove
August 6, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Feared and despised by California's $43.5-billion agricultural industry, the Mediterranean fruit fly is seen as a potentially devastating foreign invader who routinely hitchhikes across the border in smuggled fruit. But a new study argues that the infamous Medfly has established permanent residence in the Golden State - even after decades of diligent spraying, trapping and biological attacks by state officials, who say they have eradicated the pest. "The invasion is complete and it's irreversible," said study coauthor James Carey, an entomologist at UC Davis.
October 29, 1991
You may call me an alarmist with a strong sense of deja vu, but the recent Medfly headlines look strangely familiar. The same phrases, the same arguments and the same plans are appearing a year or so after the supposed eradication of this pest. Leon Spaugy, Los Angeles County agricultural commissioner, has reassured us that since "helicopters are noisy and an intrusion" they will try to avoid spraying. Noisy? I don't mind the noise nearly as much as having toxic chemicals dumped on me, my car, my pet and my home.
November 25, 2009 | By David Karp
As shoppers arrive at the Santa Monica farmers market this morning, usually the busiest market of the year, they may be surprised to see much of the produce swathed in netting, the most visible evidence of a quarantine that was declared last week by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, after the discovery of Mediterranean fruit flies at a location in eastern Santa Monica. To comply with the new regulations, which affect 17 farmers markets on the Westside, growers have to cover host produce with insect-proof netting, which must be suspended above the display so that the bugs can't lay eggs in the fruits.
September 5, 1998 | CHRIS CEBALLOS
Less than two weeks after the last of three rounds of spraying to combat an outbreak of Mediterranean fruit flies in Lake Forest, a dead medfly turned up this week in a Mission Viejo resident's backyard, bringing the total of flies found since late July to six. "It's a concern," said Larry Hawkins, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "but it's certainly no crisis." Since early August, the state has been releasing 5.
July 23, 1988 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
Aerial spraying of the pesticide malathion to eradicate Mediterranean fruit flies will begin Monday at 9 p.m. and last until midnight over a 16-square-mile area that includes Northridge, Chatsworth and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley, officials said Friday. Federal, state and county agricultural agencies made plans for the first-ever spraying of the pesticide in the Valley after the discovery of two female Medflies in a Northridge neighborhood this week. The discovery prompted Gov.
February 11, 1994 | From Times Staff Writer
State agriculture officials said Thursday that they hope to begin aerial spraying of Medfly-killing malathion over an 18-square-mile area of Corona and Norco on Tuesday night. But the controversial spraying--which has been postponed three times--will face another last-minute battle before the helicopters fly. Corona City Manager Bill Garrett said the city will file another appeal Monday, this time to the California Supreme Court.
February 7, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A substance found in laundry detergents may be a safe alternative to the controversial pesticide malathion in the battle against the crop-destroying medfly, two scientists say. Herb Nigg and colleague Sam Simpson, who work at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, recently received a U.S. patent for their idea. They say borax works by preventing female flies from laying eggs. Agriculture officials use malathion to kill the Mediterranean fruit fly.
March 25, 1990
I wonder what would have happened if we had had the equivalent of our current crop of "Medfly worriers" shouting from the rooftops when the vaccines for infantile paralysis, measles and diphtheria, to name a few, were developed and given to the public. I've lived and raised a family through these scourges, and to the best of my knowledge, there have been no side effects of any consequence to any and all without any of the side noise of unsubstantiated and imagined claims we have to listen to today from a host of lay people and vote-hungry and attention-seeking politicians.
August 15, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Those sterile male flies have done it again -- they've helped state agriculture officials overcome a persistent pest. The California Department of Food and Agriculture declared victory Thursday over Mediterranean fruit fly infestations in three counties: Los Angeles, Santa Clara and Solano. That means there are no remaining Medfly infestations in the state, the agency said.
October 30, 2007 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
DIXON, Calif. -- They discovered the corpse in the tidy backyard of a home near the corner of Washington and C streets. The dreaded threat. A farm community's worst nightmare. A Medfly. On an otherwise peaceful weekday in early September, a county agriculture inspector found the tiny carcass in an insect trap hanging from a peach tree. Then the inspector found another. And another.
October 26, 2007 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- One of the Golden State's most notorious invasive pests -- the crop-devouring Medfly -- has reappeared in Los Angeles County for the first time in half a dozen years, state officials announced Thursday. Authorities said they expected to soon establish a quarantine zone on the Palos Verdes Peninsula -- the site of the discovery -- and begin stepped-up treatment to kill a pest long feared as among the most worrisome threats to the state's agricultural economy.
Plans to lift a federal ban on imports of Spanish clementines do not contain adequate safeguards to protect California crops from another outbreak of the devastating Mediterranean fruit fly, industry leaders and local growers warned Tuesday.
More live Mediterranean fruit fly larvae were found Friday in Spanish clementines in Southern California retail stores, increasing concerns that the imported citrus could wreak havoc on the state's $27-billion agriculture business.
September 7, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A small infestation of Mediterranean fruit flies has been found in Hyde Park, representing the first return of the pests to the county since 1997, state agriculture officials announced Thursday. Plans include increased releases of sterile male flies and ground treatments within an eighth of a mile of the southwest L.A. site beginning Monday and continuing at 10- to 14-day intervals for about six weeks, said Steve Lyle of the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
June 11, 2001
Re "State Officials Cautiously Claim Victory Over Medfly," June 6: Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring," would no doubt be happy to see the success of biological pest-control programs, which she courageously fought for and wrote about passionately. I hope that programs like these will completely replace all of the insane and dangerous toxic-chemical assaults on our environment. I would like to give thanks to all those involved in environmentally friendly pest control solutions by using a line from "Silent Spring."
After five years of biological warfare, state agriculture officials cautiously declared victory Tuesday over the Mediterranean fruit fly, a persistent pest that could cost California nearly $2 billion a year in crop losses and other damage if it regained a foothold. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, an average of more than seven Medfly infestations were discovered each year from 1987 to 1994, most in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.
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