Current Insect and Disease Quarantines in Santa Clara County
Please note: The oriental fruit fly quarantine overrides the guidelines below if you're in the OFF quarantine zone. (For ACP section)
Quarantine on fruits and vegetables
Oriental fruit flies are a little larger than house flies. They damage fruit and vegetables by laying eggs inside them which hatch into maggots. They pose a huge threat to California's fruit industry. The insects often get into California when fruits and vegetables are illegally brought back from elsewhere in the world.
If you suspect you have found an oriental fruit fly or maggot in your fruit or vegetables, call the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Pest Hotline: 1-800-491-1899. How to identify an oriental fruit fly
The quarantine will lifted if the eradication program is successful.
What the oriental fruit fly quarantine means
To prevent the spread of oriental fruit flies via infested homegrown fruits and vegetables, residents are urged not to move any fruits or vegetables that are botanically fruits from their property. Examples of vegetables that are fruits are tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and any type of melon.
Fruits and vegetables may be consumed or processed (e.g. juiced, frozen, cooked, dehydrated, ground in the garbage disposal, or composted) at the property of origin. If they are not consumed or processed, dispose of them by double-bagging and sealing them in plastic bags, then placing in the garbage bin for collection. Do not place them in green waste since that could transport eggs or larvae to a new area. Processed material may be shared off the property, including outside the quarantine zone.
Fruits and vegetables can be consumed on site at the garden or may be taken home for personal consumption. They may NOT be given away or sold to neighbors, friends, relatives, or customers unless processed (as noted above).
Common fruits and vegetables
For anything not listed here, see the full list of possible host plants
|Included in quarantine
County-wide quarantine on citrus fruits, leaves, and trees; also Indian curry leaf and other hosts
Indian curry leaf (Murraya koenigii) can also host this insect, so it's included in the quarantine as well. See a list of all possible hosts.
The UC IPM Quick Tips on the Asian Citrus Psyllid explains the relationship between the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and the HLB disease, how to recognize the different stages of the ACP insect how the HLB disease affects citrus and the many ways that the insect can accidentally be transported into California. See also Residental ACP Management Strategy for more details and photos.
If you think your tree has HLB or if you find the Asian citrus psyllid, call the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Exotic Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899 to confirm a find.
What the Asian citrus psyllid quarantine means
Clean fruits can be moved out of the quarantine zone
Homegrown citrus fruit totaling less than 25 pounds and that is clean of all stem and leaf material can be moved out of the quarantine area. Washing the fruit is a good extra precaution to take.
Plants and fruit can be moved within the quarantine zone
Plant material (whole plants, leaves) from backyard citrus or curry leaf plants may be transported within the quarantine area.
Plants can NOT be moved out of the quarantine zone
Plant material other than fruit (whole plants, leaves) from backyard citrus or curry leaf plants can NOT be transported out of the area. However, it CAN be put into local green waste collection.
Last updated: November 2023