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 in the Inglewood Area of Los Angeles County, California
Date posted: 08/19/2016
Contact: John Stewart, National Fruit Fly Policy Manager, at 919-855-7426

Effective July 19, 2016 the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the quarantine area for the Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) in Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California.

On June 29, 2015, APHIS implemented the OFF quarantine in the Inglewood area of Los Angeles County, California. The quarantine restricted the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area to prevent the spread of OFF to non-infested areas of the United States. Since that time, APHIS has worked with the California Department of Food and Agriculture 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.

The last OFF detected in Inglewood was on December 17, 2015. Eradication concluded after sufficient time passed without finding additional OFF in this area. The following designated website 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 abscent: eradicated from California and the United States.