WASCO, Calif. - According to the kern County Agricultural Commissioner an Asian citrus psyllid was detected near Wasco, Thursday.
The insect found was a male citrus psyllid and will prompt a treatement program that will be carried out on all citrus plant within 800 meters.
Residents in the treatment area will be notified in advance, said the commisioner.
The pest has become a concern because it can carry the plant disease known as huanglongbing, which can spread bacteria and kill citrus trees.
“The Asian Citrus psyllid is a dangerous pest of citrus,” said Ruben J. Arroyo, Kern County Agricultural Commissioner. “We’re working to determine the full extent of this incident so that we can protect our state’s vital citrus industry as well as our backyard citrus trees."
Residents in the area who think they may have seen the pest are urged to call the Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899.