Citrus Industry reported that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) established a Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine in a residential area in Zapata, Texas. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area.
APHIS confirmed one Mexfly larva from a grapefruit in a residential area on May 11. Subsequently, APHIS detected and confirmed three additional larvae on May 12, 13 and 19 in grapefruit from residences in the general vicinity of the first detection. APHIS also detected and confirmed one mated female Mexfly on May 15.