There is more news and it is not good. Last fall the population of the psyllids exploded and they have spread across Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties. Efforts to control the insect are now being limited to areas around commercial growers only, as expressed in this article. The situation is dire for local citrus trees even though Hacienda Heights is the only confirmed case of the Citrus Greening Disease (HLB) itself. Expect more cases of HLB next year and it is incurable. All residents who have a backyard Citrus tree are encouraged to inspect it monthly for the Asian Psyllid and report any infestation at once. A hotline has been set up to receive reports at 800-491-1899 and a website set up at californiacitrusthreat.org. About 70% of residents have citrus trees and it is important that we all are involved in stopping the spread of this disastrous disease.
Another invasive insect species hits the southland, this time in Idyllwyld. This bug has already devastated forests in San Diego destroying over 80,000 trees! We advise you visit the beauty of Idyllwyld soon, before it is nothing but a barren wasteland. Hopefully they will get this infestation under control and save their scenic forests but there is a chance they will be unable to do so. If they do not control the infestation the mountain community could end up desolate. This infestation emphasis the seriousness of not transporting firewood out of quarantined areas, it can destroy a lot of beauty. We may think it can’t harm anything, I’m burning it anyway, but that isn’t the truth. We need to be aware of the danger of our actions and do as little as possible to harm our environment.
We all can get frustrated by all the hassles to traveling but here is great article to help us all understand the need for these inspection stations for invasive species. It may take us extra time but as this blog has noted in the past these species are dangerous to us all. This article helps us understand the actual costs a little better and the advantage these stations provide. “One study cited by the agriculture department shows that each dollar spent on inspections saves $14 in eradication expense and crop losses.” Hopefully the State goes through with its plans to put in better invasive insect inspection stations on the border to speed up the process. In the meantime maybe we can better cooperate with the inspectors there and help us all.
Since their introduction in 2003 the Brown Widow has moved quickly through Orange County and Southern California. It is currently theorized that they may push some of the native Black Widow population out of the area. This could be very advantageous for the safety of young children since the Brown Widow’s venom is less toxic than our native Black Widow’s. This article helps us get to know some of the basic information about the Brown Widow. It tells us what we need to know and need to keep an ear out for in the future. More research is being done. If you are having a problem with any spider; Black Widow, Brown Widow, or garden Spider then please call PacWest Exterminators for our Pest Control Service Contract that will help you get control of those terrifying invaders.
While doing my research I came across this rare piece of good news about us stopping invasive species from entering the country. I know it is a bit old but I missed it last year and I do want to give out good news too. It seems, at the port of Los Angeles, they found and stopped an invasion of the elephant weevil. This insect was traveling from Australia to Florida and could have wreaked havoc on grapes and their vines. We’d like to give a hearty pat on the back to the hard working inspectors who caught and protected us from this nasty bug. All of us are greatly indebted to these hard working men and women and the jobs they do protecting us from these little terrorists.