Screwworm larva showing rasping mouthparts. Photo credit: John Kucharski

On Monday, state agriculture officials announced that the parasite that eats the flesh of living animals had been found in a stray dog in Homestead. As a precaution officials will release sterile flies in order to eradicate the pest.

 

Click on the following link to read Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s statement regarding New World screwworm:

http://www.miamidade.gov/releases/2017-01-10-mayor-screwworm.asp?utm_source=media&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=release-distribution&utm_term=mayor

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Galleries of Emerald Ash Borer. Photo credit: Kelly Oten, North Carolina Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding White County in Tennessee to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB).

NAPPO Official Pest Report

USDA APHIS Emerald Ash Borer Federal Regulations and Quarantine Notices

 

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Jeffrey W. Lotz, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org

Effective October 28, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) Anastrepha ludens quarantine in the San Ygnacio area of Zapata County, Texas.

NAPPO Official Pest Report

USDA APHIS Fruit Flies Quarantine Information

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Sterile male screwworm fly marked with a numbered tag to study fly dispersal, behavior, and longevity. Photo credit: Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS.

From the USDA-APHIS website:

The presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in Key deer has been confirmed by USDA-APHIS in Big Pine Key, Florida. New World screwworms are fly larvae (maggots) that can infest livestock and other warm-blooded animals, including people.

See alert here: USDA Confirms New World Screwworm in Big Pine Key, Florida

 

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Key deer. Photo credit: Marc Averette, creative commons.

First report of bronze bug in Mexico

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William M. Ciesla, Forest Health Management International, Bugwood.org

From PestLens:

During a 2015 survey, the bronze bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae), was found infesting Eucalyptus camaldulensis (river red gum) and E. globulus (Tasmanian blue gum) trees in Mexico. This is the first report of T. peregrinus in Mexico and in North America.

Reference:

Jiménez-Quiroz, E., J. M. Vanegas-Rico, O. Morales-Martínez, J. R. Lomeli-Flores, and E. Rodríguez-Leyva. 2016. First record of the bronze bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé 2006 (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae), in Mexico. Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 32(1):35-39. Last accessed August 25, 2016, from http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.3954/1523-5475-32.1.35.