Black fig fly has been found in a commercial growing operation in Ventura County. The discovery was made after a tip to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Farmer Chris Sayer said CDFA sent personnel out to Petty Ranch and confirmed the finding.
Sayer: “When they sent one of their biologists out here to have a look, he found some suspicious looking damaged fruit and sent it to the lab and the results came back yesterday. So, we are the proud owners of the very first commercial resident of black fig flies in California.”
Black fig fly feeds exclusively on figs and the pest does not threaten other crops. The pest is fairly widespread in growing regions in the Mediterranean but has yet to become an issue for California growers. CDFA had recently sent out a notice encouraging growers to scout for the pest after it was discovered in several urban areas in Southern California.