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.

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The Coquí: Friend or Foe?

During a trip to Puerto Rico, we had the opportunity to become acquainted with a tiny tree frog that natives call the coquí. The coquí (Eleutherodactylus coquí) are native to the Caribbean and are part of Puerto Rican culture, history and folklore. Because of increasing development in Puerto Rico, some of the species are being reduced. However, in Hawaii and its surrounding islands, it has been tagged an invasive species.

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