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|September 17, 2019|
Quarantines attempt to limit spread of citrus psyllid
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern Californians are being urged to avoid transporting citrus fruit during the upcoming summer travel season for fear of spreading the citrus psyllid.
A deadly citrus tree disease called Huanglongbing (HLB) is spread by the psyllid as it feeds on citrus tree leaves.
The small pest can have devastating consequences to California’s citrus trees – both backyard and commercial – if it is unknowingly transported on citrus tree leaves and stems. While HLB is not harmful to humans or animals, there is no cure for the disease and infected trees will die.
Everyone is asked to follow quarantine restrictions throughout the state that limit the transport of citrus across state and international lines, and between areas where the psyllid and disease have been found.
Currently, more than 1,000 square miles within Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties are in an HLB quarantine area. At this time last year, 683 square miles were in quarantine, meaning the disease is spreading to new areas and the overall HLB quarantine area has increased by 47%.
Story Date: June 13, 2019