A Governor Bestowed Apples on Wildfire Victims. The Maggots Were Unintended.

During a visit last weekend to areas of eastern Washington that had been scorched by wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee brought a personal gift: honeycrisp apples grown at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia.

Unfortunately, the apples brought something with them as well: a pest known as apple maggots that Washington agriculture officials have worked relentlessly to keep from spreading.

A maggot outbreak could destroy orchards, shut down warehouses and ruin confidence in the state’s staple crop….

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