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Detection of Bactrocera dorsalis near the Stellenbosch area, Western Cape province, South Africa

Publication Date
Tue, 22 May 2018, 11:28
Last Updated
May 22, 2018, 11:28 a.m.
Report Number
South Africa
Pest Id
Bactrocera dorsalis - (DACUDO)
Report Status
Citrus spp. and other hosts of this pest that are produced or present in this area are affected.
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Transient: actionable, under eradication
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: transient
Geographical Distribution
Two B. dorsalis specimens, one female and one male, were collected from the Devon Valley area near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape Province, on 22 March and 13 April 2018, respectively.

One male and one female B. dorsalis specimens were detected from Biolure and Methyl Eugenol baited fruit fly traps, respectively, in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch area of the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The identifications of all the specimens were confirmed by means of molecular analysis.

The delimiting surveys and phytosanitary actions to restrict and control the movement of host material were initiated with immediate effect after the first detection in the affected area in accordance with the South African Bactrocera invadens Fruit Fly (SABiFF) Action Plan.

Eradication which will include the application of protein bait sprays and the deployment of male annihilation blocks in the quarantine area will be initiated with immediate effect.

Potential spread or establishment of B. dorsalis into other production areas free from this pest where its presence may impede the export potential of the relevant host commodities affected.
Contact for info
Ms Muneiwa Ratshilingano Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Private Bag x14 Gezina 0031 [email protected]
Report files
BD pest report
Issue keywords
Delimiting survey Eradication/Successful eradication National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO)
Commodity keywords
Citrus fruit, fresh or dried

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