Anastrepha ludens (Mexican Fruit Fly): APHIS Removes Quarantine in La Feria, Cameron County, Texas
Effective October 23, 2019, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine in La Feria, Cameron County, Texas.
On April 22, 2019, APHIS and TDA established a Mexfly quarantine in a regulated area of La Feria, Texas, restricting interstate movement of regulated articles from this area to prevent the spread of Mexfly to non-infested areas of the United States. This action was necessary after APHIS confirmed the quarantine trigger of one mated female Mexfly. Since that time, APHIS has worked cooperatively with the TDA to eradicate the transient Mexfly population through various control actions per program protocols. APHIS removed the quarantine area after three Mexfly life cycles elapsed with negative detections in this area. The following designated website, which reflects the removal of this quarantine, contains a description of all the current Federal fruit fly quarantine areas:
Under IPPC Standards, Anastrepha ludens is considered to be a pest that is absent and eradicated from the United States.