Another ACP is Trapped in Tulare County
Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner's office is announced TODAY that one additional
Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) has been detected on a trap south of the city of Exeter.
The latest interception was confirmed by the California Department of
Agriculture (CDFA). Maps and current information are available on the
Agricultural Commissioner’s website by visiting: http://agcomm.co.tulare.ca.us/default/.
has already begun to survey the affected area in order to determine the extent
of any infestation. The United States Department of
Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) and CDFA
will work collaboratively to determine what steps are taken next.
“CDFA is already considering a five-mile
radius quarantine,” said Gavin Iacono, Tulare County Deputy Ag Commissioner. “There
is also a discussion on the table whether or not to quarantine the entire county,
following detection of ACP in traps in Porterville, trapped and live ACP adults
and nymphs in Dinuba, and now a find in Exeter,” noted Iacono.
“This latest find is in the heart of our citrus belt, so it
is very disappointing to hear that psyllids are being moved into a new part of
our county,” said Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita.
Asian citrus psyllid is an invasive species of grave concern because it can
carry the disease huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening. All citrus and closely related species are
susceptible hosts for both the insect and the disease. There is no cure once a tree becomes
infected. The diseased tree will decline in health, producing bitter, misshaped
fruit until it dies. To date, HLB has been detected on just one residential
property in the Hacienda Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
points out that her staff will support the efforts of our $750 million citrus
industry, as well as our residential citrus owners. “I want to emphasize that every
citizen of our county plays a role in assuring that ACP is not spread from other
parts of the state”.
in the area who think they may have seen the pest are urged to call CDFA's Pest
Hotline at 1-800-491-1899 or the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner. Media
inquiries related to technical questions about Asian citrus psyllid and
huanglongbing disease are encouraged to contact Katie Rowland, Account
Coordinator for Nuffer, Smith, Tucker Inc. at (661)817-3638.
Labels: ACP FOUND NEAR EXETER Another ACP is Trapped in Tulare County, Asian Citrus psyllid, Marilyn Kinoshita