Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture to hold meeting Mon., May 13 in Fallbrook about insect attacking citrus trees in area

The California Dept. of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) has announced it will hold an open house meeting in Fallbrook on Monday, May 13 in order to address a disease-carrying pest found in the area threatening citrus trees.

Property owners with citrus trees can learn about the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), a serious insect pest in California that transmits a bacterial disease called huanglongbing (HLB) to citrus trees. Trees infected with the HLB disease produce bitter and misshapen fruit. The disease is fatal to citrus trees.

Experts will discuss a recommended treatment plan designed to mitigate the infestation.

Authorities said, “Limited ground treatments with a formulation of a pyrethroid will be applied to the foliage of citrus trees on [local] properties. At the same time, an imidacloprid insecticide will be applied to the soil beneath the citrus trees for ongoing protection against the ACP. CDFA will follow all pesticide label directions.”

To learn more about the pest/disease, residents are invited to attend the open house on Monday, May 13 at Pala Mesa Resort in the Cypress Room between 5:30 and 7 p.m. It will not feature a formal presentation, but will be staffed by cooperating agency officials who can knowledgeably address concerns of property owners and answer questions.

Those that are concerned but cannot attend the open house can call the pest hotline at (800) 491-1899.

2 Responses to "Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture to hold meeting Mon., May 13 in Fallbrook about insect attacking citrus trees in area"

  1. Dorothy Renaud   May 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

    When soils are depleted of important minerals and nutrients and filled with toxic chemicals, plants are weakened and invasive bugs "infect" the plant…They are nature’s way of recycling the plant back to soil components. Whether this bacteria (Asian Citrus Psyllid) is bio-engineered or not, the trees should be plowed under and a massive composting effort should be under-taken on a large scale. Composting instructions should be given to entire communities, whereby composting containers are left curbside for weekly pick-up, distribution and manufacturing centers are created (new jobs!) and ultimately vast swathes of soil receive the compost to be tilled under. Healthy bacteria will over-ride the pathogenic bacteria. This will also apply to all chemically over-run agribusiness soils producing other crops in most all states on our continent. We must now look into other sources or Vitamin C, such as Kiwis, strawberries, etc..

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  2. Dorothy Renaud   May 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

    My apologies! Perhaps plowing the trees under…back into the soil is not such a great idea…as they are infected. Some one will know better that me! Thank you! But, yes, creating healthy,disease-resistant organic soils will be a great boon to our nation and the planet.

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