Anastrepha ludens (Mexican Fruit Fly) - APHIS Removes 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.
On February 9, 2016, APHIS and TDA established a Mexfly quarantine in the Granjeno area of Hidalgo County, Texas, restricting the interstate movement of regulated articles from this area to prevent the spread of Mexfly to noninfested areas of the United States. In subsequent weeks, APHIS and TDA expanded the quarantine to additional locations in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. Since that time, APHIS has worked cooperatively with TDA and the Texas citrus industry to eradicate the transient Mexfly population through various control actions per program protocols. APHIS removed the quarantine after three Mexfly life-cycles elapsed with negative detections in this area. This removal of the quarantine area is reflected on the following designated website, which contains a description of the current Federal fruit fly quarantine areas:
Under IPPC Standards, Anastrepha ludens is considered to be a pest that is transient, actionable, and under eradication in the United States.