Members of the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture and local citrus growers meet to talk about the Mexican Fruit Fly.
This is an invasive species from Mexico that has been affecting valley crops for decades.
Right now, there are two commercial citrus farms are undergoing active quarantine because of these insects, one in Brownsville and one in Harlingen.
Mexican Fruit Fly experts claim that individual can do their part to help reduce this pest by maintaining their own citrus trees.
Residents are asked to properly dispose fallen citrus in their properties to reduce the chances of spreading.
Guadalupe Gracia – Mexican Fruit Fly Coordinator for South Texas says, “we’re asking the residents if they have fruit on the trees that is ripe, please just take it out and consume it. If you have anything that falls on the floor, the same thing, if you can pick it up from out of the floor double bag it and dispose of it properly.
The Rio Grande Valley has over half a million residential citrus trees, some of them near commercial farms. You can learn more about this and other pest at texasagriculture.gov.