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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).


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

Brownsville/Arroyo City Quarantined Area:
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 CLICK HERE to view Legal Description of the Brownsville/Arroyo City Quarantined Area and its Core Areas.

La Feria Quarantined Area:
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Mission Quarantined Area:
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to view Map of the Mission Quarantined Area and its Core Areas.
 CLICK HERE to view Legal Description of the Mission Quarantined Area and its Core Areas.

Laredo Quarantined Area:

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 CLICK HERE to view Legal Description of the Laredo Quarantined Area and its Core Areas.

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

Sullivan City Quarantined Area:

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Salineno Quarantined Area:
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CHRONOLOGY

08/27/2019.  The Edinburg Quarantined Area is hereby removed from the quarantined areas and core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area was within Hidalgo County.

08/15/2019.  The Mission Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502. Mission Core Area 1 of the Mission Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area spans 76.5 square miles in Hidalgo county. 

08/15/2019.  The Edinburg Quarantined Area is hereby modified.  The Edinburg Quarantined Area is reduced in size from 243 square miles to 80.2 square miles. Edinburg Core Area 1 of the Edinburg Quarantined Area is hereby modified and reduced in size. Edinburg Core Areas 2-6 are removed from the core areas in Rule §19.502.

06/24/2019.  The Brownsville/Arroyo City Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502.  This quarantined area is a merger of the Brownsville Quarantined Area and the Arroyo City Quarantined Area.  Brownsville Core Areas 1-9 are hereby Brownsville/Arroyo City Core Areas 1-9.  Arroyo City Core Areas 1-2, are hereby Brownsville/Arroyo City Core Areas 10-11.  The Brownsville/Arroyo City Quarantined Area spans 455 square miles in Cameron and Willacy counties.

06/18/2019.  The Arroyo City Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502.  Arroyo City Core Area 1 and Arroyo City Core Area 2 of the Arroyo City Quarantined Area are hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area spans 123 square miles in Willacy and Cameron counties.

06/10/2019.  The San Ygnacio Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502.  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 is 36.3 square miles and within Zapata county.

05/31/2019.  The Brownsville Quarantined Area is hereby modified.  Brownsville Core Area 1 and Brownsville Core Area 2 are hereby modified.  Brownsville Core Area 3, Brownsville Core Area 4, Brownsville Core Area 5, Brownsville Core Area 6, Brownsville Core Area 7, Brownsville Core Area 8, and Brownsville Core Area 9 are hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502.  The Brownsville Quarantined Area is expanded to 333 square miles.

05/30/2019.  The Edinburg Quarantined Area is hereby modified.  Edinburg Core Area 1 is hereby modified.  Edinburg Core Area 6 is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502.  The Edinburg Quarantined Area is expanded to 243 square miles.

04/30/2019.  The Brownsville Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502.  Brownsville Core Area 1 and Brownsville Core Area 2 of the Brownsville Quarantined Area are hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area is within Cameron county.

04/26/2019.  The Core Areas in the Laredo Quarantined Area are hereby modified.  Laredo Core Area 1 and Laredo Core Area 4 are hereby modified and added to the core areas in Rule §19.502.

04/26/2019.  The Core Areas in the Zapata Quarantined Area are hereby modified.  Zapata Core Area 3 is hereby removed from the core areas in Rule §19.502, and Zapata Core Area 1 is hereby modified.

04/22/2019.  The La Feria Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502.  La Feria Core Area 1, La Feria Core Area 2, and La Feria Core Area 3 of the La Feria Quarantined Area are hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area is in Cameron and Hidalgo counties.

04/17/2019.  The Laredo Quarantined Area is hereby modified.  Laredo Core Area 1 and Laredo Core Area 2 are hereby modified.  Laredo Core Area 3 and Laredo Core Area 4 are hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502.  The Laredo Quarantined Area is expanded to 91 square miles.

04/16/2019. The Salineno Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502.  Salineno Core Area 1 and Salineno Core Area 2 of the Salineno Quarantined Area are hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area is within Starr county.

04/15/2019. The Sullivan City Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502 and Sullivan City Core Area 1, Sullivan City Core Area 2, Sullivan City Core Area 3, and Sullivan City Core Area 4 of the Sullivan City Quarantined Area are hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area is in Hidalgo and Starr counties.

04/15/2019. The Core Areas in the Zapata Quarantined Area are hereby modified.  Zapata Core Area 7 is hereby removed from the core areas in Rule §19.502, and Zapata Core Area 4 is hereby modified.

04/05/2019.  The Core Areas in the Zapata Quarantined Area are hereby modified. Zapata Core Area 7 is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502, and Zapata Core Area 4 is hereby modified.

03/19/2019.  The Core Areas in the Zapata Quarantined Area are hereby modified. Zapata Core Area 4 is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502.

03/15/2019.  The Edinburg Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502 and Edinburg Core Area 1, Edinburg Core Area 2, Edinburg Core Area 3, Edinburg Core Area 4, and Edinburg Core Area 5 of the Edinburg Quarantined Area are hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area is within Hidalgo County.

03/10/2019.  The Zapata Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502 and Zapata Core Area 1, Zapata Core Area 2, and Zapata Core Area 3 of the Zapata Quarantined Area are hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area is within Zapata County.

03/05/2019.  The Laredo Quarantined Area is hereby modified.  Laredo Core Area 2 is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502, and the Laredo Quarantined Area is expanded to 55 square miles.  This quarantined area is within Webb County.

11/2/2018.  The Laredo Quarantined Area is hereby added to the quarantined areas in Rule §19.502 and Laredo Core Area 1 of the Laredo Quarantined Area is hereby added to the core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area is within Webb County.

09/12/2018. 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.

08/25/2018. The Brownsville Quarantined Area, previously modified (05/08/2018, below) is hereby removed from the quarantined areas and core areas in Rule §19.502. This quarantined area included parts of Cameron County.

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.