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City of Imperial Beach Issues Notice for Owners of Citrus Trees

Jan 28, 2017 02:35PM ● Published by Paul Spear

City of Imperial Beach Issues Notice for Owners of Citrus Trees
The city of Imperial Beach Issued a Notice for owners of citrus in its January 28th Newsletter.

Notice about Citrus Trees

If you have any citrus trees on your property, listen up! A very dangerous problem that could be deadly to your trees have been discovered in San Ysidro, and surrounding areas including Imperial Beach are being warned to be vigilant.

The problem is the "Asian Citrus Psyllids" which is an exotic insect, originally from Asia that can damage your citrus in several ways: they withdraw large amounts of sap, producing 'honeydew' which coats the leaves, encourages a sooty mold blocking sunlight. Its bacteria is considered one of the most devastating diseases of the citrus world. Symptoms may include yellow shoots with mottling of the leaves, misshapen fruit, fruit that does not fully color and will have a bitter taste making fruit from the tree inedible.

Treatment information is posted at http://cdfa.ca.gov/plant/acp/treatment_maps.html. Additional information may be sent to the city, and we will post it here and at City Hall. Residents may be invited to a public meeting where officials of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, but such meeting has not yet been announced.

Obviously, if you are one with citrus trees on your property and you want to protect them, you will want to check with the California Department of Food and Agriculture at 800-491-1899. Treatment plans have not yet been completely determined, but if you would like a copy of the complete notice from CDFA, you may obtain one at City Hall, or at the City Manager's Office.
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