Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Ventura County to the light brown apple moth (LBAM) regulated areas in California. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of LBAM into non-infested areas of the United States. In cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and local county agricultural commissioners, APHIS maintains survey and regulatory framework to prevent the artificial spread of LBAM to other states or trading partners.
APHIS is taking this action in response to LBAM detections in Ventura County in June 2016. Specifically, all interstate movement of LBAM regulated articles from the quarantined areas must be done in accordance with the current federal order. Certain commercially-produced host commodities are exempted from the regulated articles list based on the pest mitigations provided through industry standards of production, harvesting, and packaging practices for each of the exempted commodities. The exempted host list, regulated articles, and quarantined areas can be found on the following designated website:
For changes to the LBAM regulated areas, APHIS updates its website with the date and description of the quarantined areas and notifies state regulatory authorities immediately of the change. In addition, APHIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register.
A map of the federal quarantine area is located at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/lbam_maps.
Under IPPC standards, Epiphyas postvittana is considered to be a pest that is present: only in some areas and subject to official control in the United States.