The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established new Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis or OFF) regulated areas; effective June 23, in the Cupertino area of Santa Clara, California and effective June 29, in the Inglewood area of Los Angeles, California. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from these areas. These OFF outbreaks are considered to be transient, actionable, and under eradication.
Between June 22 and June 23, six adult Oriental fruit flies were detected in Cupertino, California, and between June 19 and June 29, nine adult Oriental fruit flies were detected in the Inglewood area of Los Angeles, California. These confirmed Oriental fruit flies triggered the establishment of the new OFF quarantines, which encompasses approximately 89 square miles of Santa Clara County, California and approximately 94 square miles of Los Angeles County, California.
APHIS is working with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Agricultural Commissioners of Santa Clara County and Los Angeles County to respond to these detections following program survey and treatment protocols. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of OFF to non-infested areas of the United States.
The establishment of this regulated area is reflected on the following designated website, which contains a description of all the current Federal fruit fly regulated areas:
Under IPPC Standards, Bactrocera dorsalis is considered to be a pest that is transient, actionable, and under eradication in the United States.