EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 04 - 2015 Num. article: 2015/071

Ceratitis capitata found in Puerto Rico

In 2015-04-02, the presence of Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae – EPPO A2 List) was officially confirmed in Puerto Rico. Two specimens were caught in traps (in 2015-03-04 and 2015-03-19) in the southern part of the municipality of Cabo Rojo. Eradication measures are being implemented and a communication campaign will be launched to inform the public about the risks of moving fruits and vegetables from the infested area.
The situation of Ceratitis capitata in Puerto Rico can be described as follows: Transient, under eradication.


Departamento de Agricultura. Comunicado de prensa. Gobierno Federal nos alerta sobre presencia de Mosca del Mediterraneo en el Municipio de Cabo Rojo (2015-04-02). http://www.agricultura.pr.gov/