Limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits are a major agricultural industry in Northern California that is severely threatened by pests and diseases. The latest scourge to advance into the Sacramento area is the Asian citrus psyllid which has recently been spotted in Stockton last December and may be spreading throughout the Sacramento area this spring.
The insect is an invasive species from Asia that can spread the disease Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, to citrus trees and other closely related species. There is no cure once a tree becomes infected. The diseased tree will decline in health and produce bitter, misshapen fruit until it dies, according to Tim Pelican, San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner.
Traps have been set in an effort to monitor and reduce the citrus psyllid population and the surrounding neighborhoods where it wasÂ initially spotted have been notified.
â€œThe Asian citrus psyllid is a dangerous pest of citrus,â€ Pelican said. â€œWe are working to determine the full extent of this infestation so that we can protect our stateâ€™s vital citrus industry as well as our backyard citrus trees. Working together we can prevent the spread of this invasive species and the harm it can cause.â€
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If you think you may have this pest, the commissioner asks that you please do not remove it or any plant materials from the area. Residents in the area who think they may have seen the pest are urged to call the Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899.
For more information on the Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing disease, visitÂ www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/acp.