Our Santa Barbara City Council will be entertaining a resolution to join a program inspired by Bee City USA. The Beekeepers Guild is supporting this initiative and we’re pretty excited about the possibility of our city becoming a pollinator friendly environment.
On September 19, 2017 you are invited to participate in the city council meeting and offer your support for this ideal to be added to our amazing city. The item is on the city’s agenda and the meeting will start at 2:00pm. Please let me know if you are coming. The more the better! Let’s show our community what it means to love the bees as much as we all do! Read through the Memorandum below for more information!
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ASIAN CITRUS PSYLLID (ACP)
The HLB bacteria, spread by the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), has been devastating to citrus. The CA Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has been working proactively to control the spread of ACP. Unfortunately, thus use of insecticides also adversely affects pollinators. There are, however, organic methods that control the psyllid. While the CDFA will spray the host plants in your yard for you, if you choose to use organic methods you must do it yourself. Organic sprays are not effective on the ACP eggs so they must be applied more frequently, every 7-10 days. An insecticidal soap combined with agricultural oil seems to have the best results. Drench the leaves both top and bottom. These products are available at most nurseries.
If you choose to treat citrus yourself, please contact CDFA to “opt out” at 800-491-1899. This is their “exotic pest” hotline so you can ask questions and get other information as well. You must call each time CDFA notifies you of planned treatment.
A good article on treatment for organic growers is by the University of Florida called “Management of ACP in Organic Citrus Groves” (insert title in your browser). And, UC Davis has good information as well (link below):
APIARY REGISTRTATION All beekeepers should have their apiary registered with the Agricultural Commissioner’s office. Whether you 1 or 100 hives. You can use the link below to download the form.
Apiary Registration PDF Print the form, fill it out, then e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail it to: Agricultural Commisioner 263 Camino del Remedio Santa Barbara 93110
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