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CDFA warns Bakersfield residents of citrus pest

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Posted at 4:15 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 19:31:11-04

Some Bakersfield residents are receiving letters from the California Department of Food and Agriculture warning them about a citrus-killing insect.

The Asian citrus psyllid, which has been a problem for California citrus growers before, has apparently made its way into some Bakersfield neighborhoods.

The bug transmits a bacterial disease that infects citrus trees and produces bitter fruit.

The notice says that "emergency treatment is needed to protect California from the negative economic and environmental impacts the establishment of this pest throughout California would cause."

The notice also says that an open house meeting will be happening on May 24. The meeting will reportedly inform residents about planned activities and will feature agency officials who can answer questions and address concerns.