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 Covina, Los Angeles County, California
Date posted: 01/13/2016
Contact: John Stewart, National Fruit Fly Policy Manager, at 919-855-7426.

Effective December 7, 2015, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Covina area of Los Angeles County as an Oriental fruit fly (OFF) quarantine area.

On August 3, 2015, APHIS implemented the OFF quarantine in the Covina area of Los Angeles County, California. The quarantine restricted 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 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. Control actions included 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 OFF flies in this area. The following designated website contains a description of the remaining federal fruit fly quarantine areas:

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

Under IPPC Standards, Bactrocera dorsalis is considered to be a pest that is absent: eradicated in Covina, Los Angeles County, California.