Medflies detected in Southern Belize Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) has publicly released that medflies have been detected in the Sapodilla Cayes, Dump in the Toledo District and Hopkins Village in the Stann Creek District. As a result of the detection, several activities to eradicate the flies, such as fruit stripping, increased trapping, and chemical control, have begun in Hopkins and the Sapodilla Cayes.

The public is being asked to refrain from taking fruits such as mango, cocoplum, and sea grapes, outside of these areas to prevent the spread of this pest. BAHA also reminds the public that Belize is free of the medfly and introductions only occurs when people bring medfly hosts, including fresh fruits and vegetables, illegally into the country.

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority urges Belizeans to keep Belize free of the medfly by obtaining a BAHA permit for any fresh fruit or vegetable importation.

The Medfly is a potentially devastating pest that attacks all manner of fruits and can decimate entire fruit industries.