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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:

CLICK HERE for interactive map that shows if you are in a quarantined area.
(1) Click on the link (above) to see the map.
(2) In the upper left corner of the map page, click on the magnifying glass icon and enter your address.
(3) Zoom out from your address, to see if it's inside the border of one of the colored quarantined areas
    (Use the "+" or the "-" button to zoom in or out).


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.


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


CHRONOLOGY

07/27/2018. The San Perlita Quarantined Area, previously added (03/16/2018, below) is hereby removed from the quarantined areas and core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area included parts of Zapata County.

05/22/2018. The San Ygnacio Quarantined Area, previously added (05/15/2018, below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes parts of Zapata County.

05/15/2018. The San Ygnacio Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502 and San Ygnacio Core Area 1 of the San Ygnacio Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area includes parts of Zapata County.

05/08/2018. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, previously modified (04/30/2018, below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes parts of Cameron County.04/30/2018. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, previously added (04/18/2018, below) is hereby modified. This quarantined area includes parts of Cameron County.

04/18/2018. The Brownsville Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502 and San Perlita Core Area 1 of the Brownsville Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area includes parts of Cameron County.

 03/16/2018. The San Perlita Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502 and San Perlita Core Area 1 of the San Perlita Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area includes parts of Zapata County.