U.S. authorities have removed the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) quarantine in the Half Moon Bay area of San Mateo, California.
The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) said the action was effective of Oct. 4, 2018.
The control area was established on Nov. 22 last year following detections of two adult male insects over the previous week.
"Since that time, APHIS has worked cooperatively with the CDFA and the San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner’s office to eradicate the transient Medfly population through various control actions per program protocols," APHIS said.
"APHIS removed the quarantine area after three Medfly life-cycles elapsed with negative detections in this area."