Non-occurrence of Ceratitis capitata in Netherlands
Although C. capitata has twice been found in The Netherlands (in 1955 and 1959), the former record concerned a single private garden in the south of the country and the latter a single specimen. Extensive surveys in 1956 and 1957 in the area round the private garden, using trapping devices, showed that the pest had disappeared, presumably due to the unfavorable climatic conditions. Since 1960, continuous structured monitoring of insect pests in fruit orchards throughout the country has never shown any new infestation by C. capitata. It is concluded that the organism is not present. Necessary quarantine measures are taken to prevent introduction.
It should be noted that the latest version of the CIE Distribution Map n°1 for Ceratitis capitata still indicates the presence of this pest in the Netherlands. In line with the above, this version should be considered out-of-date. The same applies to the EPPO Data Sheet on C. capitata.
Plant Protection Service (NL)