Official Pest Reports

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

USA Flag Bactrocera dorsalis (Oriental Fruit Fly) eradicated in California
Date posted: 05/22/2014
Contact: John Stewart, APHIS Exotic Fruit Fly Manager, at 919-855-7426
Effective April 11, 2014, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Anaheim area of Orange County and the Cerritos area of Los Angeles County, California from the Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) quarantine area. As a result, no OFF quarantine areas remain in California.

On August 1, 2013, APHIS implemented the OFF quarantine (DA-2013-39) in the Anaheim area of Orange County and the Cerritos area of Los Angeles County, California. That quarantine restricted the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area to prevent the spread of the Oriental fruit fly to non-infested areas of the United States. Since that time, APHIS has cooperated with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to eradicate the transient OFF population through various control actions, including high density trapping, fruit removal, eradication control measures, regulatory quarantine activities, and foliar bait sprays near the detection sites.

Eradication was concluded after sufficient time passed without finding additional Oriental fruit flies in those areas. This removal of the quarantine areas is reflected on the following designated website, which contains a description of all the current federal fruit fly quarantine areas:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/fruit_flies/quarantine.shtml

Under IPPC standards, Bactrocera dorsalis is considered to be a pest that is eradicated from California and the United States.