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 Anastrepha ludens (Mexican Fruit Fly) – Regulated area established in Texas
Date posted: 08/04/2014
Contact: John Stewart, APHIS National Fruit Fly Policy Manager, at 919-855-7426.
On June 9, 2014, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) established a Mexican fruit fly (mexfly) regulated area—effective immediately—in the Brownsville area of Cameron County, Texas. APHIS is applying restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from this area. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of Mexican fruit fly to non-infested areas of the United States.

Between June 9 and July 23, 2014, a total of nine adult Mexican fruit flies and one larval site were detected in residential and rural areas of Brownsville, Texas. APHIS, in cooperation with TDA, is responding to these confirmed Mexican fruit fly detections with the establishment of a new regulated area that encompass approximately 130 square miles in the Brownsville area of Cameron County.

APHIS and TDA are responding to these detections by following established program survey, treatment, and quarantine protocols. The current federal fruit fly regulated areas are listed at:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/ff-quarantine

Under IPPC standards, Anastrepha ludens is considered to be a pest that is transient, actionable, and under eradication in the United States.