An additional portion of Tulare County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid following the detection of one psyllid near the city of Exeter in Tulare County, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced Wednesday.
The new quarantine zone measures 86 square miles in the county and is bordered on the north by Yokohl Creek; on the east by Road 244; on the south by Avenue 220; and on the west by Road 156.
This area is in addition to the existing quarantines in the Porterville and Dinuba areas of Tulare County.
The quarantine prohibits the movement of host nursery stock from the quarantine area, unless the nursery stock and budwood have been grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved structures.
Also, citrus fruit may move out of the area if cleaned of leaves and stems, or if from a grove that was treated prior to harvest. Residents with backyard citrus trees in the quarantine area are asked not to remove fruit from the area.
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.
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.
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