The apple maggot (Rhagoletis pomonella) has recently been found in
several locations in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island areas of British
Columbia. These are the only
areas in British Columbia where the pest has been found, based on an annual
survey throughout southern B.C. conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection
Agency (CFIA). Every effort must be made to keep this serious pest from
spreading to the interior of B.C.
||Male apple maggot fly. Photo courtesy Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
||Apple maggot larvae in apple. Photo courtesy Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
CFIA is exploring regulatory options to implement in consultation with the
B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, stakeholders and industry groups.
To help prevent the spread of apple maggot to other parts of B.C., please
contact the CFIA at 604-557-4500 if you are planning to move apples, apple
trees or other host plants with soil, or nursery stock of apple, crabapple or
hawthorn, out of the Fraser Valley. Soil under or adjacent to infested host
trees may contain apple maggot pupae, thus any plants removed from the site
with soil pose a risk of moving the apple maggot.
For more information on domestic movement and import regulations, please
refer to the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency policy directive D-00-07.