Tulare County psyllid quarantine grows with new find

The Fresno BeeJune 19, 2014 


Asian citrus psyllids carry a disease that devastates citrus orchards. The disease has spread to California.


An additional portion of Tulare County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid after the detection of one psyllid west of Exeter and near Farmersville.

This brings the total quarantine area in Tulare County to 870 square miles.

The new quarantine zone measures 14 square miles in Tulare County, bordered on the north by West Main Street, on the east by Road 132, on the south by Avenue 224 and on the west by Road 124.

The psyllid is a major concern to the citrus industry because it can carry a tree-killing disease known as huanglongbing, or citrus greening.

In addition to quarantines in portions of Tulare, Fresno, Kern, and San Luis Obispo counties, entire-county quarantines for Asian citrus psyllid remain in place in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

A map of the quarantine area is available online at: www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/go/acp-quarantine.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6327, brodriguez@fresnobee.com or @FresnoBeeBob on Twitter.

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