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Save Our Citrus

Inspection Can Help Save California Citrus Trees

Post Date:05/23/2018

Palm Desert residents can help prevent the spread of a disease that is threatening one of California's most beloved agricultural traditions - citrus trees.

The Asian citrus psyllid and the disease it spreads, Huanglongbing (HLB), are threatening citrus trees in back yards and groves across the State. Outbreaks in Southern California have already caused the removal and destruction of more than 500 infected trees with more cases being discovered all the time.The disease was first spotted in the U.S. in 2005 in Florida and most infected trees die within a few years.

All California residents – 60 percent of whom own citrus trees – are being asked to help protect the State's valuable citrus crop and their own citrus trees by searching for signs of the tiny psyllid, an insect smaller than a grain of rice, and the disease it carries - HLB.

For more information, please visit or view and download a public service announcement about the epidemic by clicking here.