APHIS Updates Regulated Areas in Miami-Dade County for Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica, formerly Achatina fulica)

Effective July 24, 2018, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed giant African snail (GAS) regulated areas Zone F, Zone S, and Zone V from the list of quarantined areas in Miami-Dade County, Florida. APHIS and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) collaborated to develop the protocol for removing areas from quarantine. Under the protocol, FDACS and APHIS use the following criteria to deregulate a quarantined area/zone:

  • Surveillance and treatment efforts for 17 months with no detection of live GAS;
  • An additional 19 months of surveillance with no detection of live GAS;
  • A minimum of one negative detector dog survey; and
  • A minimum of one negative night survey, when snails can be more active.

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3D printing is bringing new possibilities to IPM

Scientists in Florida and Pennsylvania are using new 3-D printers to battle destructive invasive insects.

In Florida, scientists at the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (FDACS) are experimenting with new trap designs to aid in the control of the Asian citrus psyllid, the vector of citrus greening. Pennsylvania State University scientists are using the printers to make deadly mates for emerald ash borer.

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