Mexican fruit fly control needs citizen help to keep Texas citrus industry vibrant

by Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife

The success of the Texas citrus industry may hinge on a lot of variables, but a tiny fly and people with backyard citrus trees are high on the list.

Allowing fruit to linger on a tree provides a paradise for Mexican fruit flies by keeping their reproductive cycle in business, but that can slap a quarantine on citrus in the area and limit markets, according to Dr. Olufemi Alabi, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist in Weslaco. Continue reading

APHIS Removes Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Granjeno, Mission, and Harlingen areas of Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, Texas

Effective August 14, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in Granjeno and Mission, Hidalgo County and Harlingen, Cameron County in Texas. Continue reading

APHIS Removes Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the San Ygnacio of Zapata County, Texas

Effective August 18, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in San Ygnacio, Zapata County, Texas.  Continue reading

APHIS Removes Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Palmview Area of Hidalgo County, Texas

Effective August 8, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in Palmview, Hidalgo, County, Texas.  Continue reading

APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in the San Ygnacio Area of Zapata County, Texas

Effective October 28, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine in the San Ygnacio area of Zapata County, Texas.

On June 29, 2016, APHIS established a Mexfly quarantine in Zapata County after confirming one Mexfly larva in San Ygnacio, Texas. The quarantine restricted the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area to prevent the spread of the Mexfly to non-infested areas of the United States. Since that time, APHIS has worked cooperatively with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas citrus industry to eradicate the transient Mexfly population using approved eradication protocols. Continue reading

APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in the Bayview Area of Cameron County, Texas

Effective September 23, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine in the Bayview area of Cameron County, Texas.

On May 27, 2016, APHIS established a Mexfly quarantine in Cameron County after confirming one Mexfly larva in Bayview, Texas. The quarantine restricted the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area to prevent the spread of the Mexfly to non-infested areas of the United States. Since that time, APHIS has worked cooperatively with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas citrus industry to eradicate the transient Mexfly population using approved eradication protocols.

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

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. Continue reading