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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Solano Medfly Sightings: Hot Fruit Fly On Fruit Fly Action

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 11:16 AM


Hang on to your tomatoes folks, it could be a long infestation. Twelve dreaded Mediterranean Fruit Flies have been found in Dixon since the first sightings early last week, prompting the Solano County Agricultural Commissioner to scare the shit out of everybody, calling the fly "the single biggest threat to agriculture there is." Experts say a permanent infestation could cause tomato losses in the billions of dollars per year.

In an effort to kill the little bastards, officials dropped more than three million sterile male medflies in the area by plane, hoping they'll seduce the wild females, who die after mating (insert joke here) and won't produce any baby fruit flies, since the males -- dyed pink for identification, by the way -- are all shooting blanks. There's nothing like using sex to get what you want. Am I right ladies?

Check out Bay Area Bites for tips on how you can help the local farmers affected by the medfly problem.

-- Brian Bernbaum

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