For this, the Institute of Agricultural Defense of the State of Mato Grosso (INDEA- MT) has been surveying the detection of the insect since 2006. The potential for annual loss for Brazil in the event of dissemination is estimated to be US$30.8 million in the first year and US$100 million in the third year if there is no effective control action. Therefore, in 2018 when the State of Mato Grosso was classified as "high risk" inspections were intensified to ensure greater safety in production.
"The survey is done through the fortnightly monitoring of more than one hundred traps scattered in the main points of entry and movement of people in Mato Grosso. The technicians inspect, change the glue base and the pheromones of the trap and if they find suspicious insects they forward it for laboratory analysis", explains Renan Tomazele, technical director of INDEA MT.
To date, none of this insect has been found in the state and, although Mato Grosso does not have great representation in national fruit, the sector is expanding, especially among family farmers. Thus, monitoring is important to avoid damage in the environment and avoid dissemination to other states.