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Mexican Fruit Fly

The Mexican fruit fly is native to southern and central Mexico. Each year, the pest enters the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s 27,000 acres of commercial citrus crops from south of the border and attacks more than 40 different kinds of fruits. Damage occurs when the female fly lays eggs in the fruit, which then hatch into larvae, making the fruit unmarketable.

The fly is also a threat to surrounding citrus-producing states, including California, Arizona, Louisiana and Florida. Economic losses due to infestation not only are measured in damaged crops, but also in costs associated with eradication and shipping protocols aimed at consumer protection.

Primary eradication tactics include surveillance, bait sprays and Sterile Insect Techniques (SIT).

MEXICAN FRUIT FLY QUARANTINE

QUARANTINE REGULATIONS

TDA’s Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine regulations are found in the Texas Administrative Code Title 4, Chapter 19, Subchapter V.

  CLICK HERE to view TDA's Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine regulations in 2-column format, for your convenience.
  CLICK HERE to view TDA's Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine on the Texas Secretary of State's website.

GEOGRAPHIC AREAS SUBJECT TO THE QUARANTINE

Per Rule §19.502, the following quarantined areas and their core areas are subject to the quarantine:


Interactive Overview Map. To determine whether you are inside a quarantined area:
(1) Go to the map and enter your address in the box (Find address of place) above the upper right corner of the map.
(2) Zoom out from your address, to see where it is relative to quarantined areas (red borders) and core areas (blue borders) (Use the "+" or the "-" button to zoom in or out).
   CLICK HERE to view Interactive Overview Map of all quarantined areas.

Brownsville Quarantined Area:

   CLICK HERE to view Map of Brownsville Quarantined Area and its Core Areas.
   CLICK HERE to view Legal Description of the Brownsville Quarantined Area and its Core Areas.

McAllen/Mission/La Villa Quarantined Area:

   CLICK HERE to view Map of McAllen/Mission/La Villa Quarantined Area and its Core Areas.
   CLICK HERE to view Legal Description of the McAllen/Mission/La Villa Quarantined Area and its Core Areas

CHRONOLOGY

08/24/2015. The McAllen/Mission/La Villa Quarantined Area, previously (08/07/2015) modified (below), is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

08/07/2015. The McAllen/Mission/La Villa Quarantined Area, previously (06/08/2015) modified (below), is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

08/07/2015. The Rangerville Quarantined Area and its core area, previously (04/07/2015) added (below) to the quarantined areas and core areas in Rule §19.502, are hereby removed from the quarantined areas and core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area included areas in Cameron County.

08/04/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (07/16/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

07/16/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (07/08/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

07/08/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (06/08/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

06/08/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (05/08/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

06/08/2015. The McAllen/Mission/La Villa Quarantined Area, previously (05/08/2015) modified (below), is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

05/08/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (03/26/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

05/08/2015. The McAllen/Mission/La Villa Quarantined Area, is hereby formed on the basis of new data, by the fusion and modification of the McAllen/Mission Quarantined Area (previously [04/21/2015] modified [below]), and the La Villa Quarantined Area (previously [05/06/2015] modified [below]). This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

05/06/2015. The La Villa Quarantined Area, previously (04/16/2015) modified (below), is hereby modified based on new data. This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

04/21/2015. The McAllen/Mission Quarantined Area, previously (04/08/2015) modified (below), is hereby modified based on new data. This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

04/16/2015. The La Villa Quarantined Area, previously (04/14/2015) declared (below), is hereby modified based on new data. This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

04/14/2015. The La Villa Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502 and La Villa Core Area 1 of the La Villa Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

04/08/2015. The McAllen/Mission Quarantined Area (previously named the McAllen Quarantined Area), previously (04/02/2015) modified (below), is hereby renamed and modified based on new data. This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

04/07/2015. The Rangerville Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502 and Rangerville Core Area 1 of the Rangerville Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

04/02/2015. The McAllen Quarantined Area, previously (04/02/2015) declared (below), is hereby modified based on new data. This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

04/02/2015. The McAllen Quarantined Area, in Hidalgo County, is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502 and McAllen Core Area 1 of the McAllen Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502.

03/26/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (03/17/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

03/17/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (03/12/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

03/12/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (03/09/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

03/09/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (03/04/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

03/04/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (02/23/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

02/23/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (02/12/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

02/23/2015. The Lyford Quarantined Area, previously (12/04/2014) modified (below), is hereby declared to be no longer quarantined for Mexican fruit fly. This quarantined area included areas in Willacy County.

02/12/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (02/10/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

02/10/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (01/27/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

01/27/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (01/05/2015) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

01/05/2015. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (12/18/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

12/18/2014. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (12/16/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

12/16/2014. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (12/11/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

12/11/2014. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (08/18/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

12/04/2014. The Lyford Quarantined Area, previously (08/05/2014) modified (below), is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Willacy County.

08/26/2014. The Weslaco Quarantined Area, previously (05/05/2014) modified (below) is hereby deregulated.

08/18/2014. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (08/05/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County

08/11/2014. The Lyford Quarantined Area, previously (08/05/2014) modified (below), is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Willacy, Hidalgo and Cameron counties.

08/05/2014. The Lyford Quarantined Area, previously (04/23/2014) modified (below), is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Willacy, Hidalgo and Cameron counties.

08/05/2014. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (07/29/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County

07/29/2014. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (07/17/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County

07/17/2014. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (07/09/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

07/16/2014. The department simultaneously withdrew the Mexican Fruit Fly Emergency Quarantine that was filed 01/23/2014 and filed a revised Mexican Fruit Fly Emergency Quarantine (Title 4, Chapter 19, Subchapter V, §§19.500-19.509); the revised quarantine became effective upon filing.

07/09/2014. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (07/03/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

07/03/2014. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, previously (06/19/2014) added (below) is hereby modified.  This quarantined area includes areas in Cameron County.

06/19/2014. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, in Cameron County, is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.503(a), and Brownsville Core Area 1 and Brownsville Core Area 2 of the Brownsville Quarantined Area are hereby added to the core areas in §19.502(b).

05/05/2014. The Weslaco Quarantined Area, previously (04/29/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified.  This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

04/29/2014. The Weslaco Quarantined Area, previously (04/17/2014) modified (below) is hereby modified.  This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

04/23/2014. The Lyford Quarantined Area, previously (04/17/2014) modified (below), is hereby modified.  This quarantined area includes areas in Willacy, Hidalgo and Cameron counties.

04/17/2014. The Lyford Quarantined Area, previously (04/03/2014) modified (below), is hereby modified.  This quarantined area includes areas in Willacy, Hidalgo and Cameron counties.

04/17/2014. The Weslaco Quarantined Area is hereby modified.  This quarantined area includes areas in Hidalgo County.

04/03/2014. The Lyford Quarantined Area, previously (03/06/2014) modified (below), is hereby modified, including areas in Willacy, Hidalgo and Cameron counties; with this modification, Lyford Core Area 1 through Lyford Core Area 4 of the Lyford Quarantined Area are core areas in §19.502(b).

03/06/2014. The Lyford Quarantined Area and the Lyford Core Area 1, in Willacy County, previously (01/30/2014) added to the quarantine areas in Rule §19.503(a), are hereby modified and Lyford Core Area 2 of the Lyford Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in §19.502(b).

03/06/2014. The Weslaco Quarantined Area and the Weslaco Core Area 1, in Hidalgo County, previously (01/22/2014) added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.503(a), are hereby modified and Weslaco Core Area 2 of the Weslaco Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in §19.502(b).

01/30/2014. The Lyford Quarantined Area, in Willacy County, is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.503(a), and Lyford Core Area 1 of the Lyford Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in §19.502(b).   

01/23/2014. The department filed a Mexican Fruit Fly Emergency Quarantine (Title 4, Chapter 19, Subchapter V, §§19.500-19.509); the quarantine became effective upon filing.  The quarantine was published in the February 7, 2014, issue of the Texas Register (32 TexReg 553). The Weslaco Quarantined Area, in Hidalgo County, is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.503(a), and Weslaco Core Area 1 of the Weslaco Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in Rule 19.502(b).

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