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.

Eradication of cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum Berg) outbreak in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Country: Mexico

Title: Eradication of cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum Berg) outbreak in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Dr. Javier Trujillo Arriaga, Plant Health Director, SAGARPA/SENASICA,


On August 21, 2006, Mexico published an official report on the NAPPO Phytosanitary Alert System about the detection of the  cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum Berg) in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The last finding for this pest was reported on March 2007.  For 17 consecutive months, there have not been any detections of cactus moth in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo.

With the quarantine regulation based on the Tassan model, by March 2008 there were 3 life cycles without cactus moth detections in the area. Therefore, the outbreak is considered eradicated. The official declaration as “eradicated outbreak of the cactus moth” is pending publication.

Eradication of cactus moth in Isla Mujeres is a great achievement for Mexico, resulting from excellent work in the framework of the Bilateral Cooperative Program between SAGARPA and USDA. SENASICA did this work through the Plant Health Directorate, in collaboration with Quintana Roo Plant Health State Committee with integrated pest management. This consists of host suppression, monitoring, trapping with a sexual pheromone, chemical control and sterile insect technique. These measures helped decrease pest populations leading to its eradication in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo.

Posted Date: Sept. 15, 2008, 9 a.m.