Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program Update
Tips for Caring for Your Backyard Citrus Tree
Though your citrus tree may not be producing a lot of fruit during the summer months, it’s still important to check your citrus tree for the Asian citrus psyllid, which can carry a deadly and incurable citrus tree disease called Huanglongbing. HLB has already been found in urban areas of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, and it is a threat to California’s iconic citrus.
Follow these steps while tending to your citrus tree:
Inspect your tree for the Asian citrus psyllid. The pest is most noticeable when new leaves are growing on the tips of the branches.
- Adult Asian citrus psyllids are small, brown pests that feed on citrus leaves with their body at a 45-degree angle.
- Young Asian citrus psyllids, called nymphs, produce a white, waxy substance to direct honeydew away from their bodies.
- If you think you have found the Asian citrus psyllid, report your findings to the California Department of Food and Agriculture at 800-491-1899.
- Don’t move citrus fruit or plant materials off of your property, as this may help the Asian citrus psyllid spread.
- Ask your local nursery about treatment options to help protect your trees from the Asian citrus psyllid.
For photos of the Asian citrus psyllid and HLB symptoms, click here.
Recent Media Coverage
- Bakersfield Now – May 30th 2018 To stop spread of pest, Californians are asked to remove leaves before transporting citrus
- OC Register – May 19, 2018 Orange County citrus at a crossroad
- LA Times – April 11, 2018 Can California avert a citrus apocalypse?
- New Santa Ana – April 5, 2018 Deadly citrus tree disease found in Santa Ana
- Western Farm Press – Jan. 5, 2018 What could Huanglongbing look like in your citrus?
- Nursery Management – Dec. 22, 2017 New regional quarantine amendment proposed for Asian citrus psyllid
- Whittier Daily News – Dec. 18, 2017 Dozens of trees with incurable disease found in Pico Rivera
- Inland Empire – Dec. 7, 2017 City of Riverside’s Joyce Jong Named "Citrus Hero"
- Ag Net West – Oct. 9, 2017 More HLB Discoveries in Southern California
- KSWT – Aug. 29, 2017 Local farmworkers learn how to combat citrus pest
- The Press-Enterprise – Aug. 28, 2017 Inland area quarantine announced to stop spread of citrus disease
- CBS Sacramento – Aug. 4, 2017 Deadly Citrus Pest Puts Placer County Orchards at Risk
- The Press Enterprise – Aug. 2, 2017 Citrus Greening Disease Devastated Florida’s Oranges. Ground Zero for California’s Battle is in Riverside.
- Capital Press – July 28, 2017 Calif. Continues Citrus Pest Program with Widespread Support
- Western Farm Press – Jan. 2, 2017 New HLB Positive Tree Found In Urban Cerritos, Calif.
- Capital Press – Dec. 29, 2016 Social Media Campaign to Raise Awareness of Huanglongbing
- Santa Barbara Independent – Dec. 16, 2016 Citrus Tree Owners Should Allow Treatment
Recent Press Releases
- July 26, 2017 – Agricultural Officials Taking Steps to Battle Citrus Disease Recently Detected in Riverside
- May 19, 2017 – New State Regulations Requires All Bulk Citrus Fruit be Covered During Transit
- Feb. 2, 2017 – Huanglongbing Detection Threatens Orange County’s Citrus Heritage
- Oct. 17, 2016 – Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantine in Portion of Placer County
- July 13, 2016 – Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantines in Merced and Monterey Counties
- Oct. 7, 2016 – Free Information Session About Asian Citrus Psyllid on Oct. 12 in Bakersfield
- Aug. 26, 2016 – Huanglongbing Detection in Mexicali Puts Pressure on California Citrus Growers and Residents to Protect Their Trees
- April 11, 2016 – CDFA Inspecting Citrus Trees in San Gabriel Valley After Detecting More Trees Infected with Huanglongbing
For press inquiries, contact:
Nuffer, Smith, Tucker
High-resolution photos of Asian citrus psyllids at various life stages and symptoms of Huanglongbing can be downloaded at the links below. Click here to download all photos.
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