County officials today were mapping out plans for a quarantine in the North County following the discovery of a Mediterranean fruit fly in northern Escondido near agricultural fields.
"The latest trapped Medfly was closer to agriculture operations than those previously discovered in El Cajon, Mira Mesa and Imperial Beach," San Diego County Agriculture Commissioner Robert Atkins said yesterday.
"We are working closely with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to eradicate the pest as quickly as possible."
County officials said once a quarantine area related to the latest Medfly trapping is mapped out, the area can be treated with a natural insecticide over the weekend.
People who live within a 200 meters of the area where the latest fly was trapped will be notified that their properties will be treated, according to county officials.
Homeowners in the area are urged not to remove backyard fruits and vegetables that may be infested.
Medflies attack more than 260 different types of fruits and vegetables. Female fruit flies lay eggs inside the fruit, which hatch into maggots that tunnel through the flesh, making it inedible.
If left untreated, Medflies could cost commercial growers in San Diego County as much as $280 million in lost crops, according to the county.
The crowds of people visiting Walker Canyon to see the poppies have been so overwhelming the City of Lake Elsinore on Sunday evening announced a poppy field "shutdown" before re-opening Monday with limited access and parking.
Authorities Monday publicly identified a 53-year-old Georgia man who was fatally injured when he crashed a motorized scooter into a tree in downtown San Diego.
The San Diego Fleet lost for the first time in their four games at SDCCU Stadium as former San Diego Charger Nick Novak kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to give the Birmingham Iron a 32-29 victory Sunday night.
Two fires that broke out within a block of each other destroyed two trailers at a mobile home park and damaged at least two apartment units Monday morning in Chula Vista, authorities said.
Crews battled an apartment fire that erupted in Chula Vista early Monday morning, just moments after an earlier fire at a mobile home park across the street.
Construction crews will begin Monday to build a trolley underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.
Sunny skies with above-average temperatures are expected throughout San Diego County. Low clouds and fog could return Monday night and temperatures are expected to cool through Wednesday.
Spring is almost here and as the temperatures start to rise more and more people will be out and about enjoying San Diego trails. But with the sun and warmth come critters – including rattlesnakes.
A candlelight vigil got underway San Diego Sunday evening in remembrance of the 50 lives taken this week in Christchurch, New Zealand. Organizers said the vigil would also be a place to pray for an end to Islamophobia, racism, gun violence and more.