SACRAMENTO (AP) — Efforts to contain a tiny bug that can devastate the state’s citrus industry are increasing since the recent trapping of another one of the insects in Tulare County.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture now has a quarantine measuring 86 square miles in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley citrus belt. Additional smaller quarantines are in place in neighboring Fresno and Kern counties.
The Asian citrus psyillid is capable of carrying a disease commonly called citrus greening. It turns fruit bitter before killing the trees, and has devastated groves across Florida and Brazil.
The disease has been detected once — in a backyard tree in Hacienda Heights near Los Angeles.
All of Southern California is under a state quarantine.
The quarantine regulates the movement of trees and fruit.