Anthonomus eugenii eradicated from the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, Anthonomus eugenii (Coleoptera: Curculionidae – EPPO A1 List) was first found in July 2012 in 4 greenhouses producing Capsicum annuum fruit in Westland (see EPPO RS 2012/203). In January 2013, 2 other greenhouses were also found to be infested by A. eugenii. All greenhouses were situated close to each other and a surveillance programme (including the use of pheromone traps) was initiated within an area of 4 x 9 km around the infested facilities, covering more than 50 production sites of C. annuum fruit. In addition, pheromone traps were also placed in greenhouses producing tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) and ornamental Solanaceae within an area of 2 x 3 km around the infested facilities. Eradication measures were taken against A. eugenii and included: application of pesticides, destruction and secured removal of the plants and growing medium in all infested greenhouses. As the pest was no longer detected, the NPPO of the Netherlands officially declared in December 2013 that the pest had successfully been eradicated.
The pest status of Anthonomus eugenii in the Netherlands is officially declared as: Absent, eradicated.
NPPO of the Netherlands (2013-12).