- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Officials plan to combat an infestation of the Asian fruit fly by spraying a portion of Miami-Dade County with Spinosad.

The number of captured flies has risen to 161 with a quarantine zone expanding to 97-square-miles. So, beginning Friday, state officials say they’ll douse the area with the common insecticide used in gardening approved for organic farming.

The Miami Herald (https://hrld.us/1P719zS ) reports some 6 tons of infected fruit have already been bagged and destroyed.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says he’s committed to “using every weapon in the arsenal to protect agriculture in Miami-Dade County.”

The flies were first spotted in Kendall in August and within two weeks dozens had been caught in traps in the nearby Redland area. In September, Putnam declared a state of emergency in that area.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com

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