Quarantine area established for in Puerto Rico for Mediterranean fruit fly

As of May 13, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a new Mediterranean fruit fly regulated area in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, after Mediterranean fruit flies were caught in detection traps.

This is the first APHIS quarantine and eradication program for this exotic fruit fly in Puerto Rico. APHIS and the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture (PRDA) are working together to inform residents and enforce the new quarantine area.

The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), is one of the world’s most destructive fruit pests. The species originated in sub-Saharan Africa and is not known to be established in the continental United States. When it has been detected in the U.S., intensive eradication and quarantine procedures have been established to prevent the pest from spreading.

For further information, refer to the Fruit Flies Web site http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/ff. Under the heading Quarantine Information, select Current Quarantine Information. On the Fruit Flies Quarantine Information Web site, look under the heading Mediterranean Fruit Fly Quarantine for hyperlinks to maps and a description of the quarantine area.

For additional information on the Mediterranean Fruit Fly Eradication Program, call National Fruit Fly Policy Manager John Stewart at 919-855-7426.

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