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.” And, UC Davis has good information as well: How To Manage Pests
All beekeepers should have their apiary registered with the Agricultural Commissioner’s office. Whether you have 1 or 100 hives. You can use the link below to download the form.
Print the form, fill it out, then e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail it to:
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