( Courtesy USDA )

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture have established a Mexican fruit fly quarantine in Willacy County, Texas.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is “applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area,” according to a news release from APHIS.

On Jan. 21, APHIS confirmed that two female and four male adult Mexflies were found in a residential sour orange tree in Lasara, Texas. APHIS and the Texas Department of Agriculture established a new quarantine area of 83 square

miles in Willacy County. There are 852 acres of commercial citrus in Texas quarantine areas, according to the release.
The current fruit fly quarantine areas in the U.S. are available in an online map from APHIS.

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