CATCH THE BUZZ – The Citrus Greening Bug Has Been Found In Nevada. Quarantines Are Going Up!

Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing, or citrus greening.

A tiny insect no bigger than a grain of rice may go unnoticed on your citrus trees, but it could have devastating consequences for California, Florida and now Nevada citrus if not stopped. The Asian citrus psyllid feeds on citrus leaves and stems, and can infect citrus trees with a bacteria that causes a serious plant disease called Huanglongbing, also known as HLB or citrus greening disease. While not harmful to humans, the disease kills citrus trees and has no cure.

The best way to protect citrus trees from HLB is to stop the Asian citrus psyllid. Once a tree is infected with HLB, it will die. Diseased trees need to be removed in order to protect other citrus trees on the property, neighbors’ trees and the community’s citrus. And now….

Effectively immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA), is establishing a quarantine for the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) in Clark County, Nevada. APHIS is taking this action in response to an NDA proclamation implementing an ACP quarantine in Clark County, Nevada. Following consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, APHIS is establishing a parallel federal quarantine.

APHIS is applying safeguarding measures on the interstate movement of regulated articles from the newly regulated area in Clark County. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of ACP to non-infested areas of the United States.

The specific changes to the regulated areas in Nevada can be found at:

APHIS will publish a notice of this change in the Federal Register. For additional information, you may call Citrus Health Response Program National Coordinator Angela McMellen-Brannigan at 301-851-2314.


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