Official Pest Report

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

Detection of Grapholita molesta in urban areas of the city of Tijuana, Mexico

Country: Mexico

Title: Detection of Grapholita molesta in urban areas of the city of Tijuana, Mexico

Dr. Javier Trujillo Arriaga, Plant Health Director,

Report: As part of the actions by the National Phytosanitary Epidemiological Surveillance System in Mexico, the Oriental fruit moth (Grapholita molesta) was detected on backyard hosts in urban areas of the city of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Those findings have been confirmed by the Plant Health Directorate, National Phytosanitary Reference Centre.

In order to confine, eradicate and prevent pest spread, the National Service for Agri-Food Health, Safety and Quality, through the Plant Health Directorate have implemented the National Emergency Campaign, which includes prime actions such as fruit collection and disposal, pruning and destruction of young shoots in pest hosts, pesticide application to control adults, usage of sex pheromone for disorientation, weekly monitoring to detect pest immature stages and trapping.

Based on this and according to International Plant Protection Convention standards, Grapholita molesta is considered a quarantine pest that is transient: actionable and under eradication in Mexico.

Posted Date: April 16, 2013, 9 a.m.