A citrus pest that has kept Fresno and Tulare county agriculture officials on alert has been found for the first time in Fresno County.
A single Asian citrus psyllid was discovered in an insect trap near Floral Avenue and Hills Valley Road, south of Orange Cove, said Les Wright, Fresno County agriculture commissioner. The bug was caught in a commercial orchard.
The insect is a major threat to the Valley's citrus industry because of its potential for carrying a tree-killing disease known as citrus greening.
Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County agriculture commissioner, said agriculture inspectors recently found two psyllids, one north of Strathmore and the other east of Ducor.
Both counties will begin a chemical treatment program within 800 meters of the finds to keep the insect from spreading.
Last month, dozens of psyllids were found in a residential tree in a Dinuba neighborhood, prompting county and state officials to increase insect trapping and a quarantine of the area.
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