Several local avocado growers are either involved or near the fruit fly quarantine area.
There's been a little fooling around among the Mediterranean fruit fly set.
Agriculture leaders in the county announced they found a "mated female fly" last Wednesday in a trap near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Rose Street, in Escondido.
You know what that means - growers in and near Escondido are stuck in the middle of a quarantine. Parts of Mira Mesa and Imperial Beach are already under quarantine.
The issue in Escondido is that it's not just backyard crops but a large avocado crop.
Eric Larson, executive director of the nonprofit San Diego County Farm Bureau, told the North County Times that as of Tuesday morning he had already gotten a few calls from nervous growers.
"This quarantine is going to affect a lot of farmers," he said. "This is going to capture quite a few avocado growers in east Escondido."
If not taken care of, medflies have the potential to cause $280 million in damage to local crops. Read more about the quarantine and its impact in Escondido in the full article in the North County Times.