We hope by now most people have heard about and are aware of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a small brown insect that carries a deadly citrus disease called huanglongbing (HLB), threatening all backyard citrus trees as well as the statewide citrus industry.
This insect feeds on newly developed leaves of all varieties of citrus trees and can spread the bacteria that causes HLB. The HLB disease can kill a citrus tree in as little as 5 years and there is so far no cure or remedy.
Learn more about ACP and HLB by joining the free UC Ag Experts Talk on December 5 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Dr. Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell, Director of Lindcove REC and Research...
- Author: Elizabeth E Grafton-Cardwell
Citrus trees remain a popular choice for home gardeners in California, largely due to their ease of care, beauty, and functionality for food and shade. However, backyard citrus can also be plagued by pests such as psyllids, leafminers, cottony cushion scale, and mealybugs.
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Citrus leafminer is a moth that arrived in California in 2000 and has invaded citrus throughout the state. This small moth lays its eggs on new, succulent citrus leaves. The larvae burrow through the soft leaf tissue, creating shallow meandering.../span>
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The Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, is a tiny, mottled brown insect about the size of an aphid (Figure 1). This psyllid feeds on all varieties of citrus and some related ornamental plants like orange jessamine. It damages citrus leaves by feeding on new leaf growth, causing the leaves to.../span>