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. (It is not harmful to humans or pets). The best way to protect citrus trees from the disease is to control the psyllid population.
- Inspect citrus trees for signs of the pest and disease each month or whenever watering, spraying, pruning or tending trees.
- Call the California Department of Food & Agriculture hotline at 1-800-491-1899 if any suspicious pests or symptoms of HLB are found.
- Don’t bring any plant material into California from other states or countries and don’t move citrus plants out of quarantined areas, because they might be carrying psyllids or be infected with HLB.
- Only buy citrus trees from reputable, licensed California nurseries.
- Dry or double bag plant clippings before placing in green waste recycle bins to avoid moving psyllids and HLB-infected plant material.
- Cooperate with agriculture officials on detection and suppression efforts of the Asian citrus psyllid and HLB.
For more detailed information, visit www.CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org.