Working under the direction of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the CCC has responded to numerous pest infestations throughout California, assisting with eradication efforts. Some pest infestations, such as the Mediterranean, fruit fly, require CCC crews to work within residential communities going door-to-door removing and disposing of infected fruit or doing a careful visual inspection of vegetation. On other occasions CCC crews work with local plant nurseries.
If an infestation is found, the CCC works closely with the CDFA which directs and guides crews. On several occasions CCC crews were used to construct thousands of incubation containers used to trap and identify the spread of the Medfly.
Pest infestations the CCC has responded to:
- Mediterranean fruit fly
- Mexican fruit fly
- Gypsy moth
- Light brown apple moth
- White fly
- Red imported fire ants
- Glassy-winged sharpshooter
- Yellow jacket
CCC crews have also been called upon to combat agricultural diseases. In 2003, corpsmembers helped halt the spread of the deadly Exotic Newcastle Disease affecting all species of birds, including poultry in Southern California. This work was very labor intensive and required the location and removal of poultry and birds.
The CCC offers well-trained and managed crews, for frontline and logistical assistance and a quick response time. Agencies interested in contracting with the CCC for pest eradication should contact the closest center for more information.