Update on ACP Finds Announced Today
Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine Expands
An additional portion of
Tulare County has been placed under quarantine TODAY for the Asian citrus
psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one psyllid near the City of Exeter in
The new quarantine zone
measures 86 square miles in Tulare County, bordered on the north by Yokohl
Creek; on the east by Road 244; on the south by Avenue 220; and on the west by
Road 156. This area is in addition to the existing quarantines in the
Porterville and Dinuba areas of Tulare County. A link to the map may be
found at: www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/go/acp-quarantine-sjv
The quarantine prohibits the
movement of host nursery stock out of the quarantine area; however, under the
terms of a compliance agreement, nursery stock and budwood may move out of the
area if grown in USDA-approved structures designed to keep ACP out.
Also, under the terms of a
compliance agreement, citrus fruit may move out of the area if cleaned of leaves
and stems, or if from a grove that was treated prior to harvest.
Residents with backyard citrus trees in the quarantine area are asked not
to remove fruit from the area.
In addition to the quarantine
in Tulare County, ACP quarantines are now in place in Fresno, Imperial, Kern,
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and
The ACP 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 until it dies.
HLB has been detected just
once in California – last year on a single residential property in Hacienda
Heights, Los Angeles County. HLB 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 is responsible for Florida’s 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 also present in Georgia, Louisiana, South
Carolina and Texas. The states of Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, and
Mississippi have detected the pest but not the disease.
Residents in the Tulare 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:
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