Invasive Insect Threatening Stockton Agriculture
The Asian citrus psyllid is known for destroying citrus crops in Stockton and is currently a threat to their agriculture as one has been spotted. The discovery has sparked a multijurisdictional survey to check for any potential further investigation.
The San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissions and the California Department of Feed and Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have all teamed up together to begin an “extensive survey” to look into the detection of the one Asian citrus psyllid.
Officials are putting treatments into effect on all citrus plants surrounding the sites where the insect was trapped (near N. Williamsburg Place and W. Rosecrans Way in the unincorporated Lincoln Village near Stockton). Residents will be notified of the treatments in their area in advance.
The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is especially concerning because it can carry the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, also known as citrus greening. Once a tree has become infected with the disease, there is no cure and the tree will decline in health and produce bitter, misshaped fruit until it dies. However, according to officials, the fruit is safe to eat and will not be harmful to human health.
Asian citrus psyllids are found in tropical and subtropical Asia, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Reunion, Mauritius, parts of South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and in the U.S. (Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas).
Have you ever seen an ACP?