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) - Removal of Quarantine Area in the Athens area of Los Angeles County, California
Date posted: 08/19/2015
Contact: John Stewart, National Fruit Fly Policy Manager, at 919-855-7426.

Effective June 24, 2015 the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Athens area of Los Angeles County as an oriental fruit fly (OFF) quarantine area.

On December 5, 2014, APHIS implemented the OFF quarantine in the Athens area of Los Angeles County, California restricting the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area to prevent the spread of the oriental fruit fly to noninfested areas of the United States. Since then, APHIS has cooperated with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Los Angeles County Agriculture Commissioner’s office 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 this area. 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 transient, actionable, and under eradication in the United States.