Citrus-damaging bug discovery prompts partial Tulare County quarantine

The Fresno BeeJune 10, 2014 

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


Another portion of Tulare County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid following the discovery of two psyllids in separate traps northwest of Ivanhoe.

The total quarantine area in Tulare County is now 856 square miles.

The new quarantine zone measures 110 square miles in Tulare County, bordered on the north by Avenue 384; on the east by Road 180; on the south by East Main Street and on the west by Road 80.

Also, a single psyllid was detected west of Exeter and may lead to another quarantine expansion later this month. The size of that new regulated area is being determined.

The bug is one of the most serious threats to the state's citrus industry because it can carry the deadly plant disease known as huanglongbing.

The quarantine establishes a set of rules, including the removal of all leaves and stems, before bulk citrus can be moved from the area. Residents with citrus trees are asked not to remove citrus fruit from the quarantine zone.

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