Asian citrus psyllid quarantine expands to prevent spread of tree-killing virus

WASCO, Calif. - The Asian citrus psyllid quarantine area has been expanded by the Department of Food and Agriculture.

The area designed to contain the harmful pest has been expanded by 234 square miles in Tulare and Kern counties after more pests were discovered.

The total quarantine area is nearly 900 square miles after three psyllids were found in four different areas.

Kern County's quarantine is in Wasco.

 The psyllids carry a deadly disease that kills citrus trees once they are infected.

People in the quarantine area are asked not to remove citrus fruit from orchards and backyard trees.

If you think you have seen the Asian citrus psyllid call the pest hotline at 1-800-491-1899.

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