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, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego 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 to view the photos.
Recent Media Coverage
Los Angeles Times – August 8, 2021
Potentially devastating citrus tree disease found in Oceanside
KSBY – June 22, 2021
Beneficial wasps released in SLO Co. to help combat deadly citrus disease
Los Angeles Daily News – May 27, 2021
Southern California travelers warned not to transport backyard citrus fruit
Bakersfield Californian – May 25, 2021
Citrus officials urge tree owners to leave their fruit at home
The Long Beach Press-Telegram – April 26, 2021
Citrus tree disease found in Long Beach
KEYT – March 18, 2021
Wasps being used to help protect local orchards from deadly citrus disease
The Press-Enterprise – Feb. 12, 2021
Deadly citrus tree disease found in Moreno Valley; citrus quarantine expanded
The Mercury News – Jan. 18, 2021
Tiny helpful wasps are coming to save your citrus
Irvine Community News and Views – Jan. 4, 2021
Citrus Tree Disease Detected in Irvine
- California Citrus is at Critical Risk
- Fruit Donation Tips and Best Practices
- Where is HLB Heat Map (as of Jan. 28, 2020)
- History of HLB Timeline (as of January 2020)
- Popular Citrus Guide
- What to Do When an Agricultural Official visits your property
- What You Can Do to Help Save California Citrus
- Spring Gardening Tips
- What Do Your Tree Tags Mean?
Recent Press Releases
- Aug. 10, 2021 – La detección de la enfermedad de los cítricos, Huanglongbing, en el condado de San Diego establece una nueva área de cuarentena
- Aug. 5, 2021 – Detection of Citrus Disease, Huanglongbing, in San Diego County Establishes New Quarantine Area
- Dec. 20, 2019 – La detección de un patógeno que causa el enverdecimiento de los cítricos o Huanglongbing (HLB) en el Condado de Riverside, activa una expansión de la cuarentena en partes de los condados de Riverside, Orange y San Bernardino
- Dec. 20, 2019 – Huanglongbing Detection in Riverside County Expands Quarantine in Portions of Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino Counties
- Nov. 22, 2019 – Detection of Citrus Disease Huanglongbing Triggers Quarantine Expansion in Portions of San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties
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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