- Author: Amanda Crump
The restrictions on citrus groves in Tulare County have been lifted. They were in place because three Asian Citrus Psyllids were found in traps. Growers and government officials worked to monitor the pest and were hopeful that the three pysllids were the only ones.
The easing of restrictions means that growers don't have to treat fruit before shipment but it doesn't mean that we can let down our guard. Everyone can look for the psyllids.
Visit the California Citrus Threat website to see detailed photos of the pest. They are the size of an aphid. The nymphs create waxy tubules as they feed on young leaves that are easy to see. You will see them on new growth first!
So, now that summer is upon us, let's make an effort to look at all of our garden and landscape plants. Being outside is good for our health and we might be able to protect the citrus industry too!
Photo: California Citrus Threat and UC IPM