Insect Carrying Disease Known to Kill Citrus Trees Detected in Duarte - NBC Southern California

Insect Carrying Disease Known to Kill Citrus Trees Detected in Duarte

California Department of Food and Agriculture employees are going door-to-door in the community to inspect citrus trees for Huanglongbing or HLB disease, also known as citrus greening disease, for which there is no cure.

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    Insect Carrying Disease Known to Kill Citrus Trees Detected in Duarte
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    FRESNO, CA - JANUARY 16: Oranges hang from a tree at a citrus orchard January 16, 2007 in Fresno, California. An estimated 70% of California's citrus crops have been damaged by a severe cold snap that is bringing below freezing temperatures to California's central valley and is expected to continue through Sunday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    An insect no bigger than a grain of rice called the Asian citrus psyllid, carrier of a bacteria that causes a serious plant disease that is not harmful to humans but kills citrus trees, has been detected in Duarte, city officials said Wednesday.

    California Department of Food and Agriculture employees are going door-to-door in the community to inspect citrus trees for Huanglongbing or HLB disease, also known as citrus greening disease, for which there is no cure.

    City officials said residents will be able to recognize the CDFA employees by looking for a department patch on their uniforms. They also wear tan shirts and CDFA badges.

    The CDFA tracks the presence of the pest and disease, and establishes quarantines to help protect California citrus trees. The insect feeds on citrus leaves and stems, and without proper inspection and treatment, may go unnoticed.

    To report a siting, contact the CDFA Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899.

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