Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program Update
National Invasive Species Awareness Week
National Invasive Species Awareness Week is Feb. 27 – March 3, 2017. The week raises awareness about how to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species, which the United States Department of Agriculture defines as:
- 1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and
- 2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.
As their names indicate, the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing are not native to the United States. The pest and disease were first discovered in Asia in the 1800s. Globalization and the movement of citrus plants from one place to another have spread this pest and devastating disease. The psyllid has been found throughout the state of California, and the disease has been found in Los Angeles County.
We must all work together to prevent the spread of Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing. Do not transport citrus plants, budwood or plant material like leaves out of your area, and only buy your citrus plants from local, reputable sources.
Recent Media Coverage
- Western Farm Press – Jan. 2, 2017 New HLB Positive Tree Found In Urban Cerritos, Calif.
- Capital Press – Dec. 29, 2016 Social Media Campaign to Raise Awareness of Huanglongbing
- Santa Barbara Independent – Dec. 16, 2016 Citrus Tree Owners Should Allow Treatment
- The Mercury News – Nov. 9, 2016 Asian Citrus Psyllid Remains Threat to Bay Area Trees
- CBS This Morning – Oct. 26, 2016 Florida’s Orange Groves are Being Wiped out by Tree-Killing Bacteria
- San Diego Union-Tribune – Sept. 30, 2016 Exotic Pests are Downside of World Travel, Transport
- Placer Sentinel – Sept. 15, 2016 Insect That Can Carry Disease Deadly to Citrus Trees Found in Placer County
- Imperial Valley Press – Sept. 4, 2016 Citrus Tree Disease Detected in Mexicali
- KBAK Eyewitness News – Aug. 23, 2016 WATCH: Ag Officials Introduce Wasp to Fight Asian Citrus Psyllid
- Fresno Bee – Aug. 11, 20166 Tiny Insect Threatens Citrus Statewide
- San Luis Obispo Tribune – Aug. 2, 2016 How You Can Help Stop the Spread of a Citrus-Killing Pest
- The Record – Aug. 2, 2016 More Asian Citrus Psyllids Found; Quarantine Area Grows
- Salinas Californian – June 21, 2016 Nurseries, Citrus Industry Respond to New Insect Threat
- UC Food Observer – June 2, 2016 Protecting California Citrus with Natural Enemies
Recent Press Releases
- Feb. 2, 2017 – Huanglongbing Detection Threatens Orange County’s Citrus Heritage
- Oct. 17, 2016 – Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine in Portion of Placer County
- July 13, 2016 – Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantines in Merced and Monterey Counties
- Oct. 7, 2016 – Free Information Session About Asian Citrus Psyllid on Oct. 12 in Bakersfield
- Aug. 26, 2016 – Huanglongbing Detection in Mexicali Puts Pressure on California Citrus Growers and Residents to Protect Their Trees
- April 11, 2016 – CDFA Inspecting Citrus Trees in San Gabriel Valley After Detecting More Trees Infected with Huanglongbing
For press inquiries, contact:
Nuffer, Smith, Tucker
High-resolution photos of Asian citrus psyllids at various life stages and symptoms of Huanglongbing can be downloaded at the links below. Click here to download all photos.
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