Asian Citrus Psyllid Found Near Terra Bella

FILE - Asian citrus psyllids | Courtesy: Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program

The Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner's Office says an additional Asian citrus psyllid has been detected one mile south of Terra Bella.

The detection was confirmed last week, bringing the number of psyllids found in Tulare County to three, including two detected previously in the Strathmore area.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture, in cooperation with the agricultural commissioner's office, is beginning to plan residential treatment programs in the county.

Residents of the Strathmore area are invited to attend an informational open house on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the Grand Avenue United Methodist, Fireside Room, 776 West Grand Avenue, Porterville, CA 93257, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

"The 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, misshaped fruit until it dies. To date, HLB has been detected on just one residential property in the Hacienda Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles," the agricultural commissioner's office said in a news release.

Residents in the area who think they may have seen the pest are urged to call CDFA's Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899.

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