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New Spraying Starts for Oriental Fruit Flies

Three Oriental fruit flies have been trapped in West Covina, the second finding of the fruit-destroying pest in Los Angeles County within the last few weeks.

Agricultural officials this week began applying an insecticide to fences, trees and utility poles in a 13-square-mile area bounded by Valley Boulevard on the south, Citrus Avenue and Pierre Road on the east, Vine Avenue on the north and Walnut Avenue on the west. The area includes portions of La Puente, Walnut and West Covina.

The fly was successfully eradicated by the same measures last year after being detected in four different parts of the county, said E. Leon Spaugy, Los Angeles County’s agricultural commissioner.

Additional traps have been placed with daily inspections to determine how widespread the infestation might be. Two Oriental fruit flies also were found June 22 and June 24 in Hawthorne and Lawndale.

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