Citrus Quarantine in Hacienda Heights and Surrounding Areas for Huanglongbing Disease

Citrus Greening changes leaves coloration - Credit: usda.gov (#D2259-1) Photo by Tim Gottwald PD

(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced that a 93 square acre of land has been quarantined in Hacienda Heights because of a citrus disease, huanglongbing, was identified. The citrus disease is also called citrus greening or yellow dragon disease. The USDA said that this is a serious disease for citrus. The psyllid insects are known to spread the disease to the citrus. The bacteria itself is safe for humans.

The CDFA said that the area involved is centered on the Pomona Freeway (HWY 60) and Hacienda Blvd. The area extends into Orange County into the northern part of Baldwin Park and West Covina. On the west is South El Monte and Whittier, and to the east is the city of Walnut and Rowland Heights. There is a much larger area for quarantine that is already in place.

The quarantine is to try to halt the spread of the disease. To do this the CDFA is prohibiting the movement of all nursery stock out of the quarantine area. The provision allows for only the movement of commercially cleaned and packed fruit. No fruit that has not been commercially cleaned or packed can leave the quarantine area. The homeowners can consume the fruit.

The citrus disease is caused by bacteria that target the vascular system of the tree. The tree will decline or die within a few years after being infected, and currently there is no cure for it. There is no threat for humans or animals.

Asian citrus psyllid was first detected in California in 2008. The insects have been found in Ventura, San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. California residents that believe they have the citrus problem should contact CDFA’s toll-free pest hotline at 1-800-491-1899. More information on the Asian citrus psyllid and huanglongbing, is available at: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/acp/.

By: Julie Marcus

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