Our Pest Detection staff has found a total of fifteen invasive Oriental Fruit flies, which is one of many invasive pests monitored by Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture. This means that we are now in a quarantine for parts of the Brentwood area.
The first Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) was found on August 25, 2023 near Lone Tree Way, in Brentwood, California.
Since the initial detection, 80 additional traps have been deployed in a one mile grid around the original find to determine the extent of the infestation. Our team has trapped fourteen additional OFFs since the initial find. Each of the insects were sent to the California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Entomology lab and confirmed as Oriental Fruit Fly (Bactrocera dorsalis). The announcement went out via press release on August 30, 2023. (Press Release Link)
The Oriental Fruit Fly is known to infest over 230 kinds of fruit and vegetables. To view CDFA's official host list, see the Oriental Fruit Fly Interior Quarantine host list.
You may be wondering how this will affect you. Contra Costa County has created a printable pamphlet with examples of the impact this invasive species could have on you. Oriental Fruit Fly Impact Flyer.
There is good news. So far, no new flies have been found since the eradication efforts began. Unfortunately the flies may have laid eggs on some fruit in the area. As the weather begins to cool the life cycle of the fly slows down. This will extend the quarantine
What are some of the ways these flies could have ended up in Contra Costa county?
It was likely brought in by someone shipping fruit from an infested area or bringing infested fruit back with them from a recent trip.
"These recent detections remind us that we need to remain vigilant in protecting our agricultural and natural resources. When traveling abroad or mailing packages to California, we urge the public not to bring back or ship fruits and vegetables as they are pathways for oriental fruit flies and other invasive species entering our state." Contra Costa County Agricultural Commissioner Matt Slattengren.