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Second Asian Citrus Psyllid Discovered in San Luis Obispo County; Citrus Quarantine Planned

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 3:59pm

An insect which has the potential to devastate citrus crops has now been discovered for the second time in San Luis Obispo County, and is prompting a quarantine.

An Asian Citrus Psyllid was found in an insect trap in a northeast San Luis Obispo neighborhood.

A number of traps have been set in the area, to try to determine if it was an isolated insect, or part of a bigger problem.

In March, one of the psyllids was found in Arroyo Grande, but a massive trapping effort there didn’t turn up dditional insects.

The psyllids can carry bacteria which is devastating to citrus trees.  Infestations of the pests with the bacteria destroyed nearly half of Florida’s citrus crops during the last decade.

They can be spread through the movement of infected trees, or fruit.

The state is going to quarantine the movement of citrus produce, and trees.

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties already have quarantines in place due to the citrus psyllids.

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