Infected Citrus Pest That Spreads Disease Found in Ventura County

Residents urged to check their citrus trees for Asian citrus psyllid

Size of adult psyllid. (Courtesy photo)

“It takes a whole community to address the disease in order to protect all the trees,” Faber said. “If one tree remains, it potentially can infect all the surrounding citrus trees.”

The psyllid takes the bacteria into its body when it feeds on bacteria-infected plants. When a bacteria-carrying psyllid flies to a healthy plant and injects the bacteria into the plant as it feeds, it can spread the disease.

As of Sept. 20, HLB had not been detected in any Ventura County citrus trees.

Neil McRoberts, UC Davis professor of plant pathology, urged vigilance, but not panic. “We have long suspected that ACP infected with the pathogen are present in Ventura, the results simply confirm that suspicion.”

The only way to protect citrus trees from the lethal disease is to prevent the spread of the HLB pathogen by controlling psyllid populations and
destroying infected trees.

“Not all ACP carry the bacteria, but if one is found, it means either that an infected insect has flown or hitchhiked in,” Faber said. The psyllids can fly pretty far by themselves, but they can move great distances when people move them.

To identify Asian citrus psyllid, see pictures of the psyllid and its life stages on the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources website at and the UC Integrated Pest Management Pest Note at More information is also available at, a website maintained by the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program, an initiative funded by California citrus growers and administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Beth Grafton-Cardwell, UC Cooperative Extension citrus entomology specialist emeritus, and Mark Hoddle, UCCE entomology specialist based at UC Riverside, demonstrate how to look for the various stages of the psyllid in the video “Check your citrus trees for Asian citrus psyllid” on YouTube

Report suspected cases of the psyllid or disease to your county agricultural commissioner’s office or call the CDFA hotline at 1-800-491-1899.

Commercial growers can get the latest news about ACP at the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program website

More information about Asian citrus psyllid can be found in ANR publication 8205, ANR publication 8218 and on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website

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New Invasive Species Arrives in California

Tau fruit fly has been detected in Los Angeles county, quarantine now in place

This the first Tau fruit fly quarantine ever in the Western Hemisphere. (Photo: Fan Gao, Courtesy CDFA)

SACRAMENTO — A portion of Los Angeles County has been placed under quarantine for the Tau fruit fly (Zeugodacus tau group) following the detection of more than 20 flies in the unincorporated area of Stevenson Ranch, near the city of Santa Clarita.

The quarantine area measures 79 square miles, bordered on the north by Castaic Junction; on the south by Oat Mountain; on the west by Del Valle; and on the east by Honby Ave.  A link to the quarantine map may be found here:

This the first Tau fruit fly quarantine ever in the Western Hemisphere. The fly is native to Asia and is a serious pest for agriculture and natural resources, with a very wide host range, including numerous fruits and vegetables as well as a select range of native plants in California.

It’s believed the fly was introduced by travelers bringing uninspected produce into the state — a common pathway for invasive species.

To prevent the spread of this invasive species, residents living in the quarantine area are urged not to move any fruits and vegetables from their property. They may be consumed or processed (i.e. juiced, frozen, cooked, or ground in the garbage disposal) at the property where they were picked. Otherwise, they should be disposed-of by double-bagging in plastic and placing the bags in a bin specifically for garbage.

Following the principles of Integrated Pest Management,  the California Department of Food and Agriculture, working in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner, will utilize a multi-tiered approach to eliminate the Tau fruit fly and prevent its spread to new areas.  On properties within 200 meters of detections, staff will cut host fruit and vegetables to inspect for any fruit fly larvae that may be present.  Additionally, properties within 200 meters of detections will be treated with a naturally derived organic-approved material known as Spinosad, which will help remove any live adult fruit flies and  reduce the density of the population.  Finally, fly traps that incorporate a pheromone lure and a minute amount of pesticide will be used in a wider part of the treatment area.

Further information about this invasive species is available online at:


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