More psyllid insects found in Tulare County

The Fresno BeeJanuary 10, 2014 

The tiny Asian citrus psyllid is seen in an insect trap.

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More Asian citrus psyllids insects have been found in Tulare County, but officials say no additional quarantining will result.

Psyllids can carry citrus greening disease, a killer of orange trees.

Monday, one psyllid insect was found on a trap near Dinuba and one was found south of Tulare.

Both were near orange juice plants, so it's likely they were "hitchhikers" on truckloads of oranges being taken to the plants, said Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita.

Officials doubt they signify new infestations, so quarantine boundaries in Tulare County won't be extended, she said.

Additionally, four psyllids were found Dec. 23 on traps near Richgrove. The area is already inside a quarantine zone and there are no plans to extend the boundaries due to the find.

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