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.

European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) – Eradicated from Solano County, California

Country: United States

Title: European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) – Eradicated from Solano County, California

Eileen Smith, APHIS National Emergency Response Coordinator at (301) 851-2155 or Andrea Simao, National Program Manager at (301) 851-2067

Report: Effective August 24, 2012, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is declaring eradication of the European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) in Solano County, California thereby releasing it from the EGVM regulated area. This release is based on the EGVM Technical Working Group recommendation to release the county if no EGVM are detected after trapping for multiple generations. Portions of Solano County, which are within 3 miles of an EGVM find site in Napa County, remain regulated because of their proximity to Napa County. A map of the revised regulated area can be found at:

This split action allows for the unrestricted movement of grapes and other host commodities from designated areas of Solano County and continues the quarantine restrictions in other small specified areas. Through August 2012, APHIS has released five of the ten regulated areas and declared them free of EGVM.

EGVM is a significant pest of grapes and other specialty crops. In October 2009, APHIS confirmed the first detection of EGVM in the United States in major grape production areas of northern California. Since then, APHIS, in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and affected counties, has worked closely with industry, the University of California, and other stakeholders to control this pest within California.

Under IPPC Standards, Lobesia botrana is considered to be a pest that is present: subject to official control in the United States.

Posted Date: Aug. 24, 2012, 9 a.m.