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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 EMERGENCY QUARANTINE

THE EMERGENCY QUARANTINE

On January 23, 2014, the department filed a Mexican Fruit Fly Emergency Quarantine (Title 4, Chapter 19, Subchapter V, §§19.500-19.509).   The quarantine, published in the February 7, 2014, issue of the Texas Register, became effective the day it was filed.
        CLICK HERE to view the current emergency quarantine.

INFESTED GEOGRAPHIC AREAS SUBJECT TO THE QUARANTINE

Per Rule §19.502 of the quarantine, the infested geographical areas subject to the emergency quarantine are hereby modified, as follows:
        
        CLICK HERE to view Map of Lyford Quarantined Area.
        CLICK HERE to view Map of Weslaco Quarantined Area.
CLICK HERE to view the Legal Description of the Lyford Quarantined Area.
CLICK HERE to view the Legal Description of the Weslaco Quarantined Area.


CHRONOLOGY

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, in Hidalgo County, 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. (1) 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).
(2) 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).     

01/22/2014. 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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