Asian Citrus Psyllid
Quarantine Expansion in Tulare and Kern Counties
an additional portion of Tulare County and a portion of Kern County have been
placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the
detections of psyllids in Dinuba, Tulare County, and Wasco, Kern County.
Tulare County, the quarantine zone measures 90 square miles, bordered on the
north by E. South Avenue; on the east by Road 128; on the south by Avenue 368;
and on the west by Road 48. This area is in addition to an existing quarantine
in the Porterville area.
Kern County, the quarantine zone measures 88 square miles, bordered on the
north by Hanawalt Avenue; on the east by Beech Avenue; on the south by Fresno
Avenue and W. Lerdo Highway; and on the west by Wildwood Road.
quarantine prohibits the movement of host nursery stock out of the quarantine
area and requires that all commercial citrus fruit be cleaned of leaves and
stems prior to moving out of the area. A permit may be obtained to move nursery
stock and budwood out of the area if grown in USDA-approved structures designed
to keep ACP out. Residents with backyard citrus trees in the quarantine area
are asked not to remove fruit from the area.
addition to Kern and Tulare Counties, ACP quarantines are now in place in
Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Los Angeles, San
Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
ACP is 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 until it dies.
HLB has been detected just once in California – last year on a single
residential property in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County.
is known to be present in Mexico and in parts of the southern U.S. Florida first detected the pest in 1998 and
the disease in 2005, and the two have been detected in all 30 citrus-producing
counties in that state. The University of Florida estimates the disease has
tallied more than 6,600 lost jobs, $1.3 billion in lost revenue to growers and
$3.6 billion in lost economic activity. The disease is present in Texas,
Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina. The states of Hawaii, Arizona,
Mississippi and Alabama have detected the pest but not the disease.
in the area who think they may have seen the Asian citrus psyllid are urged to
call CDFA’s Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899. For more information on the Asian
citrus psyllid and huanglongbing disease please visit: www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/acp.
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