Citrus psyllid findings continue in California's Orange County - The Packer

Citrus psyllid findings continue in California's Orange County

06/06/2012 11:08:00 AM
Mike Hornick

The Asian citrus psyllid has been detected in seven Orange County, Calif., communities this year, but the immediate effect is limited to residential areas.

Between January and May, psyllids were found in Irvine, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Williams Canyon, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo and Lake Forest, said Steve Lyle, director of public affairs at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Orange County has been under quarantine for the psyllid — which can spread huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease — since 2009.

The first finding of a diseased tree was in March in a Hacienda Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles County. The pest has been found in several counties.

“This year has brought us a bunch of new detections,” Lyle said. “We’re methodically going through and getting to each area as we can. Orange County is mostly a residential and urban community. There’s not a lot of agricultural production.”

Pest eradication efforts began in San Juan Capistrano a week after the department had a public meeting there. The next meeting was set for June 6 in Mission Viejo, with spraying soon to follow.

“We’re putting together sequences of public meetings and treatment programs for each community,” Lyle said.

Citrus greening has not appeared in California production groves. In Florida, the University of Florida estimates that the disease cost about $1.3 billion in lost revenue to growers and $3.6 billion in lost economic activity since 2005.

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Lake Forest, CA  |  June, 06, 2012 at 11:40 AM

A little more information to this article would be nice. I have citrus trees. What should I look for? Who should I contact if I find something? Are there any prevention steps I should take? Even links to other articles with this type of information would be helpful. I realize this is old news but still a block of boilerplate at the end with this type of info would be helpful.

Chris Koger    
Lenexa, Kan.  |  June, 06, 2012 at 03:42 PM

John, The California Dept. of Food and Agriculture website has extensive information on the disease, including a free app that can help people diagnose citrus greening and other diseases: Chris Koger News Editor The Packer

Kristy Ranieri    
New Jersey  |  June, 07, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Hi - You can also go to it has information on what to look for and who to contact. Also, there is a free Save Our Citrus App that helps with reporting symptoms and an online form on the website with pictures of what to look for.

Upper central USA  |  June, 10, 2012 at 07:32 PM

This bug is no different then any other ones, the biggest problem farmers have is - sick crops. To eleminate this problem they need to get a product called Lithovit. This increases the BRIX levels in crops. I know this for a fact, because I use this on many crops and never have a problem with insects, or aphids. This product also keep crops healthier, using less fertilizer, it is called overseas the product of the future. Lithovit is a co2 fertilizer, look up this and see for yourself.

Maryland  |  June, 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

This is a great site, but the address is actually

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