Asian Citrus Psyllid

Asian Citrus Psyllid

Following the discovery of Asian citrus psyllids in Tulare County, a quarantine was implemented in the area. Now, CDFA has issued a special permit to allow some movement of bulk citrus from the quarantine area.

The Insect

Asian citrus psyllid is an aphid-sized pest that arrived in California in 2008. The pest itself can be managed with an integrated pest management approach of insecticides and natural enemies, however the real danger lies in the psyllid’s ability to transmit a bacterium that causes Huanglongbing, a deadly, incurable disease of citrus. For this reason, identification and control of the psyllid is essential.

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