Southern California landscapes in six known counties are faced with an epidemic situation.
First, there was the issue of the Polyphagous Shot Borer decimating local trees, now we have the Goldspotted Oak Borer killing them. John Kabashima, Environmental Horticulture Advisor, Emeritus, from the University of California Cooperative Extension in Orange County, has been working overtime with local agencies and other UC researchers diligently investigating these tiny invaders. To learn more regarding the destruction these pests are causing and the work being done to combat them, read the July 3rd, 2016 OC Register article 'Beat the Beetles' written by Aaron Orlowski.
Female Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer. Photo by Gevork Arakelian, LA County Agricultural Commissioner