APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in the Rio Hondo and McCook Areas in Texas

Effective August 23, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine in the Rio Hondo area of Cameron and Willacy Counties, Texas.

On April 22, 2016, APHIS established a Mexfly quarantine in Cameron and Willacy Counties after confirming one mated female Mexfly and one larva in Rio Hondo, Texas.

Effective September 13, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine in the McCook area of Hidalgo County, Texas.

On May 17, 2016, APHIS established a Mexfly quarantine in Hidalgo County after confirming one Mexfly larva in McCook, Texas.

APHIS removed the quarantine area after three lifecycles passed without finding additional Mexflies in this area. The following designated website contains a description of the current federal fruit fly quarantine areas:

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

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

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