Economic Importance for Humans: Negative
Of all true fruit flies, medflies are the most rampant pest, attacking practically all with a fleshy fruit species. Economically, medflies impact humans by damaging crops and making the fruit unmarketable.
Fruit-growers and their governments around the world spend millions of dollars a year trying to control this pest and prevent it from spreading to new locations.
Negative Impacts: crop pest
- International Atomic Energy Agency, 2003. "Defeating the Medfly" (On-line). IAEA Technical Co-operation: Building Development Partnerships. Accessed November 12, 2005 at http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Booklets/UndpBook/medfly.html.