WSDA: Hunt For Pests Underway

The Washington state Department of Agriculture’s annual hunt for pests that threaten the agriculture industry, as well as the environment is underway. The Department is setting up thousands of traps statewide to monitor for the introduction or spread of over 130 invasive pests and diseases, including gypsy moth, Asian giant hornet, apple maggot and Japanese […]

WSDA To Discuss Potential Apple Maggot Quarantine for Okanogan County In Early March

Could an apple maggot quarantine soon be issued for Washington’s Okanogan County? Last year, the Washington state Department of Agriculture placed 281 adult fly traps on host trees in the pest-free area of Okanogan County. WSDA documented 69 positive sites that captured 471 adult apple maggots. In addition, crews sampled hawthorn berries for the maggot […]

NCW Officials Trying To Track Down Apples Distributed By Inslee

North Central Washington investigators are asking for your helping as they try to track down apples brought to the Bridgeport area by Governor Jay Inslee over the weekend. During his Saturday trip to witness the devastation from area wildfires, the Governor brought apples from western Washington. Will Carpenter Director of the Chelan-Douglas Horticultural Pest and […]

Warnick: Inslee Should Have Followed The Law

Many in the Washington Ag community are not happy with Governor Jay Inslee after he brought apples that contained apple maggot larvae from Thurston County to North Central Washington. While she appreciates the gesture by the Governor, Moses Lake Senator Judy Warnick said the quarantined areas established across the state are not to be taken […]

WSDA Adds Soils To Apple Maggot Quarantine List

On Monday, the Washington state Department of Agriculture finalized a rule change adding certain soils and growing medium to the apple maggot quarantine list. Meaning starting July 11th, those outlined soils cannot be transported from an apple maggot quarantine area to a pest-free area in Washington. The change comes after years of meetings with the tree fruit […]