SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing a series of public meetings in San Diego and Imperial counties to discuss planned treatment activities for Asian citrus psyllid infestations. Residents within and near the infested portions of El Cajon, Jamul, Dulzura, Tecate, South Bay Terraces, Ocotillo, Calexico, Imperial and Seeley are encouraged to attend.
Open house meetings are scheduled for November 12 in Imperial County and for November 13, 17, and 20 in San Diego County. Ground treatments are scheduled to begin within days following the meetings in each area. The planned approach is to apply the insecticide Tempo to the foliage of citrus trees and the systemic treatment Merit to the soil beneath those trees. Tempo is commonly used for household control of common pests such as ants, cockroaches, and fleas. Merit is commonly used as a flea and tick treatment for dogs and cats. Both applications would be made at the same time.
Residents whose properties are scheduled for treatment will be notified at least 24 hours prior to the application. The schedule of informational open houses is as follows:
Wednesday, November 12th – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
San Diego County:
November 17th – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
November 20th – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Asian citrus psyllid is of grave concern because it can carry the disease huanglongbing (HLB). All citrus and closely related species are susceptible hosts for both the insect and the disease. There is no cure once a tree becomes infected. The diseased tree will decline in health until it dies.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814