The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has established a quarantine zone to control the Asian Citrus Psyllid, a disease-carrying insect that feeds on citrus stems and leaves. The City of Paramount falls within the Asian Citrus Psyllid quarantine zone.
All Paramount commercial and residential property owners responsible for citrus trees play a critical role in preventing the proliferation of ACP. Fortunately, the pest is easy to identify with regular inspection and can be eradicated if swift action is taken.
Why is the Asian Citrus Psyllid Dangerous?
Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) insects, identified at several sites throughout California, carry the deadly bacterial plant disease Huanglongbing (HLB) which destroys citrus trees and their fruit. Early signs of HLB include yellowing or splotching of leaves. These symptoms can take years to appear.
Take Action to Protect California Citrus Trees
It is critical to regularly inspect trees for signs of disease or pest insects. If you find signs of ACP insects on your citrus trees, immediately call the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner at (562) 622-0426 or the CDFA hotline at (800) 491-1899.