What happens if you find a target insect?

It depends on which pest, how many are found, and whether it is a male, unmated female, or mated female. A detection will prompt the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to place more traps in the area to determine the extent of the infestation. In rare situations, state or county staff might need to take all the fruit off the tree and do some localized pesticide treatments. If this is the case, residents will be informed before their property is treated. If conditions warrant it, a quarantine restricting the movement of the host fruits, vegetables, or plants may be instituted. If this were to happen, CDFA and our department would hold public meetings to explain where the quarantine was located and how it worked in greater detail.

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1. What’s that thing hanging in my tree/lawn/garden?
2. How was my house selected?
3. What if I don’t want a trap placed in my yard?
4. How long will the trap be here? Will you place traps on my property every year?
5. Will the person who places the trap go into my fenced yard?
6. Do Pest Detection Specialists wear uniforms while placing and servicing traps?
7. Will I be charged for the trapping on my property?
8. Do I have to do anything with the trap?
9. When will the traps be checked?
10. What happens if you find a target insect?
11. Will the traps attract other insects?
12. Do the traps affect the fruit?
13. What should I do if I find your trap on the ground? Is it dangerous?
14. Aren’t insects an important part of nature?
15. What can I do to help the pest detection trapping program?