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Asian citrus psyllid:

 

Few pests pose a more daunting threat to California than the tiny Asian citrus psyllid, a potential carrier of a disease that could ravage the state’s citrus industry. Because it can spread the bacterial disease HuaAsian citrus psyllid 1nglongbing, otherwise known as HLB or citrus greening disease, this insect has sparked intensive quarantine and eradication efforts in California.


The aphid-like Asian citrus psyillid is about 1/6 inch long with a tan-and-brown body, light-brown head, red eyes and mottled brown wings. When feeding, it raises its posterior end at a 45-degree angle. Nymphs are orangish brown and excrete white, waxy tubules. Eggs are bright yellowish orange. Nymphs and adults feed on new shoots of citrus, releasing a toxin that causes dieback and leaf contoAsian citrus psyllid 2rtion. But its greatest danger is the pest’s ability to spread the bacterial disease Huanglongbing (HLB). Once infected, a citrus tree produces hard, bitter-tasting fruit and eventually dies.

There is no cure for infected trees.

 

 

Citrus Greening Dying Grapefruit Chandler AZ 480 969 8808 Warner's Tree Surgery 08 25 2017

 

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Check your citrus trees for Asian citrus psyllid

 

 

Link to California Department of Food and Agriculture