Psyllid Treatment to Begin in Southern Orange County

Beginning in early June the California Department of Food and Agriculture will begin treating citrus trees to control the Asian Citrus Psyllid. This invasive non-native pest is threatening to destroy every citrus tree in the state of California. The situation is serious and CDFA is beginning in San Juan Capistrano and will continue in Irvine, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest and San Clemente.
This insect caries and infects a plant with a bacterial disease called huanglongbing, or commonly referred to as Citrus greening. You can see more about these insects in our earlier posts. In the meantime be prepared to receive info from that State about treatments in your area. These insects can be killed and trees can be saved, but once they infect the trees with this bacterium there is no known way to save the tree. If you notice suspicious insects on your citrus trees please contact your local Agricultural Commissioner’s office or call the California Department of Food and Agriculture hotline immediately at 800/491-1899.