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Potentially Destructive Insect Which Can Carry Bacteria Deadly To Citrus Trees Found On Central Coast

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:47am

An insect which can potentially carry bacteria which can decimate citrus crops has been found for the first time on the Central Coast.

An adult Asian Citrus Psyllid has been caught in a trap in the yard of an Arroyo Grande home.

An infestation of the insects carrying the bacteria decimated Florida’s citrus industry, destroying 50% of the state commercial citrus groves.

The disease is untreatable, and fatal to citrus trees.

The San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Commissioner’s office is monitoring hundreds of traps throughout the county to see if there are more of the psyllids.

State agricultural officials will establish a quarantine restricting the movement of locally grown citrus fruit, and citrus nursery stock in the county, and spray trees in the find area with pesticides.

In the past, some of the psyllids have also been found in Ventura County.

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