SAG and Municipality of Las Condes will carry out joint work to control fruit fly

As a result of the actions of the surveillance program maintained by the Agricultural and Livestock Service, SAG, for the monitoring of fruit flies throughout the country, the presence of the species Ceratitis capitata, - commonly known as the Mediterranean fly or of the fruit- in the commune of Las Condes.

The SAG activated a plan of immediate actions that consists of increasing the surveillance of the catch area, through the installation of monitoring traps.

Among some of the actions, the Agricultural and Livestock Service launched an operation of systematic sampling of fruit from host trees located in the houses of the sector, in order to detect possible larvae and eggs of this species, and thus be able to rule out the presence of other copies.

Also, officials of the institution are performing fruit unloading and soil treatment in houses located within the 200 meters from the capture points, in order to eliminate the immature stages of the plague.

It should be noted that the Mediterranean fly is a very harmful agricultural pest that attacks more than 250 species of fruits and vegetables. Its larvae feed on the pulp of the fruit causing its destruction, because part of its reproductive cycle is developed by placing its eggs inside the fruits causing their rot and leaving it unfit for consumption, however it does not cause harm to the health of people. Although it is present in all the countries of South America, Chile is the only "Fruit Fly Free Country", a condition that has allowed it to export fruits to different markets, in addition to supplying the national market with healthy fruit and free of this plague.

The Agricultural and Livestock Service calls on the neighbors of Las Condes to collaborate with the actions being carried out by their officials in the area, who - properly identified - will visit the homes for the installation of traps, take of fruit samples existing in the gardens, soil treatment and fruit tree pruning if necessary.

The above, with the aim of ratifying the absence of the plague in other sectors of the commune and, in turn, eliminate it where it is present. Also, it is very important that the community refrain from moving fruit to and from the commune to avoid the spread of the plague.

Source: SAG

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