The Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata or Medfly) is considered the most important agricultural pest in the world. The fly has spread throughout the Mediterranean region, southern Europe, the Middle East, Western Australia, South and Central America and Hawaii. It has been recorded infesting a wide range of commercial and garden fruits, nuts and vegetables, such as apple, avocado, bell pepper, citrus, melon, peach, plum and tomato.
What Is At Risk?
The Mediterranean Fruit Fly infest more than 300 hundreds of varieties of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Some hosts include: Almond with husk, Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Bell pepper, Cherry, Citrus, Coffee, Eggplant, Fig, Grape, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarine, Olive, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Persimmon, Plum, Pomegranate, Tangerine, Tomato, and Walnut.
What Is The Source?
Fresh produce, fruit and vegetables brought into the U.S. without inspection.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms?
How Can You Help?
To prevent the spread of fruit flies through infested fruits and vegetables, residents are urged not to move any fruits or vegetables from their property. Fruits and vegetables may be consumed or processed (i.e. juiced, frozen, cooked, or ground in the garbage disposal) at the property of origin. If they are not consumed or processed, dispose of them by double-bagging them in plastic bags and putting the bags in the garbage bin for collection.
Thank you for cooperating with the USDA in our effort to protect your trees and plants from this invasive pest.