Apr 8, 2013 4:45 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Santa Barbara County under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid

Santa Barbara County is under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid, a pest which can carry a disease that is fatal to citrus trees.

The County Agricultural Commissioner's Office says three psyllids have been found in Santa Maria, five in Santa Barbara and one recently in Goleta.

The first was detected in November of 2012 in a trap in a backyard citrus tree in Santa Maria. Seven more psyllids were found the following month in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara.

The quarantine prohibits the movement of host nursery stock out of the county. It requires all citrus fruit be cleaned of leaves and stems before being moved out of the area. People with backyard citrus trees are also asked not to remove fruit from the quarantine area.

Santa Barbara County is the fifth county in California to be placed completely under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid. Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego are also under complete quarantine. The western regions of San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties are also quarantined.

If you think you have seen the pest in your citrus tree, call the Pest Hotline at 800-491-1899.



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