Puerto Rico
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  • State Plant Regulatory Official

    Padilla Velez, David (787) 723-7726

    Serves on the National Plant Board, oversees state pest detection and regulatory activities and coordinates survey activities between government agencies, public and private organizations. Coordinates the state's initial emergency response if an exotic pest is detected.
  • State Survey Coordinator

    Cruz, Shirley (787) 723-8537

    Coordinates CAPS survey planning, execution and reporting as well as community outreach activities.
  • State Plant Health Director

    Wiscovitch, Leyinska (787) 771-3611

    Directs federal APHIS-PPQ pest detection and regulatory activities in cooperation with state officials, and coordinate the initial PPQ emergency response if an exotic pest is detected in the state.
  • Pest Survey Specialist

    Morales-Mallery, Rosimar (787) 771-3611
    Provides technical support in planning, executing and reporting annual surveys and coordinates pest detection activities with neighboring states.

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CAPS 2018 Survey Targets   
Common Name Scientific Name Destinations
Arrowhead scale Unaspis yanonensis Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Avocado seed moth Stenoma catenifer Pest Info
Citrus brown mite Eutetranychus orientalis Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Cochlicellid snails Cochlicella spp. Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Cucurbit beetle Diabrotica speciosa Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Giant African snail Lissachatina fulica Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Japanese wax scale Ceroplastes japonicus Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Mal del cipres; Cypress mortality Phytophthora austrocedrae Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Mango sudden decline Ceratocystis manginecans Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Palm borer Paysandisia archon Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Panama disease tr4 Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense tropical race 4 Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Pointed snail Cochlicella acuta Pest Info | NAPIS Maps
Yellow peach moth; Castor capsule borer Conogethes punctiferalis Pest Info | NAPIS Maps