Update on the situation of Rhagoletis completa in Slovakia
In Slovakia, Rhagoletis completa (Diptera: Tephritidae, EU Annexes) was first found in July 2018 in Bratislava, and then in several other municipalities (EPPO RS 2018/158, 2018/218). Eradication measures have been applied.
R. completa has been again found in walnut trees (Juglans regia) during surveys conducted in summer and autumn 2019 in the following municipalities:
- Central Slovakia: Banská Bystrica (1 tree),
- Region of Bratislava: Borinka (6 trees in a private garden), Šenkvice* (1 tree in a private garden), Vinosady (1 tree in a private garden),
- Eastern Slovakia: Košice* (3 trees in a public site, and 1 tree in a private garden),
- Western Slovakia: Biskupová (27 trees), Buzitka* (13 ha of walnut plantation), Krušovce (2 trees in a private garden), Matúškovo (3 trees in a private garden), Oponice (30 trees), Podolie (10 trees in a private garden), Vrbovce (76 trees).
The pest status of Rhagoletis completa in Slovakia is officially declared as: Transient, actionable, under surveillance.
*municipality where the pest was found in 2018 and eradicated
NPPO of Slovakia (2019-08, 2019-09, 2019-10, 2019-11).