Residents should be aware of insect pest discovered in south county
|The public should be aware of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), an insect pest that has been discovered in south county and is a threat to California's backyard and commercially grown citrus.|
The ACP is a tiny flying insect that transmits a bacterial disease called huanglongbing (HLB) to citrus trees. Trees infected with the HLB disease produce bitter and misshapen fruit and eventually die. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has begun applying insecticides to fruit trees in parts of San Juan Capistrano, where the pest was recently discovered. Parts of Santa Ana already have been treated, and insecticide also will be applied to citrus trees in Irvine, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest and San Clemente. According to the CDFA, emergency treatment is necessary to protect California from the negative economic and environmental impacts this pest would cause.
Residents are encouraged to contact the contact the CDFA Toll-Free Pest Hotline (1-800-491-1899) to report suspicious insects or disease symptoms in their citrus trees. For more detailed information, visit http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/acp/.
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