Last week, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced they will begin removing fruit, including citrus, from all residential host trees of Oriental fruit fly (OFF) in the Redlands area of San Bernardino County. The large-scale removal is part of CDFA’s plan to eradicate OFF in the area and help protect commercial growing operations, including citrus.
The mandatory removal is scheduled to begin in late January on more than 2,000 residential properties and is expected to continue through February. Residents will receive 48 hours of notice before work crews arrive to remove fruit.
CDFA is hosting a public meeting in Redlands on January 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. to share details of the fruit removal project with residents. The meeting will be held at the San Bernardino County Museum at 2024 Orange Tree Ln., Redlands, CA 92374. Residents in the removal area will receive postcards in the mail inviting them to the meeting.
Read the full release from CDFA here.
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