In July, federal and state officials established an Oriental fruit fly (OFF) quarantine in California and removed two Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine areas in Texas. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) took the actions along with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), respectively.
Effective July 1, APHIS and CDFA established the OFF quarantine in the North Hills area of Los Angeles County, California. This action is in response to the confirmed detections of 14 adult male OFF from four sites in the North Hills area by CDFA between June 22 and June 28. All the detections were from traps in various types of fruit trees in residential areas.
Effective July 27, APHIS and TDA removed the Mexfly quarantine area in Palmview, Hidalgo County, Texas. Effective July 28, APHIS and TDA removed the Mexfly quarantine area in Zapata, Zapata County, Texas.
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