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Help Protect Local Citrus From Serious Threat

Post Date:09/13/2016 9:18 a.m.

Help Protect Local Citrus From Serious Threat

 A deadly citrus disease called Huanglongbing (HLB) has recently been found in a neighboring city and all homeowners in Arcadia are asked to help stop the spread of the disease.

Once citrus trees are infected with HLB, they will die, threatening not only the ability of homeowners to grow citrus in their backyards, but the California citrus economy. One of the best ways to prevent HLB from taking hold in our community is to stop the Asian citrus psyllid, a pest that can transmit the disease from tree to tree as it feeds.

Everyone in the City is being asked to do their part. The Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program and the Los Angeles County agricultural commissioner offer the following tips:

  • Cooperate — Cooperate with agriculture officials on detection and suppression efforts of the Asian citrus psyllid and HLB.
  • Don’t move citrus — Do not bring citrus trees or foliage into the City from other states or countries.
  • Inspect your trees — Look for signs of the pest and disease each month or whenever watering, spraying, pruning or tending trees. Visit CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org to see photos.
  • Protect your tree - Visit your local nursery or garden center to learn what products can help protect your tree from the Asian citrus psyllid.
  • Plant responsibly — Only buy citrus trees from reputable, licensed nurseries in the area.
  • Graft with care — Use only registered budwood with source documentation.
  • Be mindful of clippings — Dry or double bag citrus tree clippings prior to disposal to avoid moving psyllids and HLB-infected plant materials.

If you think you’ve found the disease, call the California Department of Food and Agriculture hotline at (800) 491-1899.

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