LATE MONDAY BREAKING NEWS
New Psyllids Found in Tulare County
Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner's office has announced TODAY that two additional
Asian citrus psyllids (ACP) have been detected on traps north of Eckert Field
near Strathmore and northeast of Ducor. The latest interceptions were confirmed
by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) this morning. Maps
and current information will soon be available on the Agricultural
Commissioner’s website: http://agcomm.co.tulare.ca.us/default/.
staff continues to utilize traps and surveys of our county in order to
determine the extent of these infestations. 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.
“I heard about
the two suspected trap finds on Sunday, but did not receive the locations until
seems like time stands still when you are waiting for this type of bad news,”
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, misshapen
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 every resident of Tulare County plays a vital role in assuring
that ACP is not spread from other parts of the state. “One of my neighbors
brought over a plastic bag containing citrus fruit and leaves, which showed
signs of scale infestation”. She said she wanted to be cautious and not cause
harm for our local citrus producers.
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.
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