State agricultural officials have been moving aggressively to stop infestations of a potentially destructive pest to the citrus industry in Ventura County.
They’ve now backed up the efforts to contain the Asian Citrus Psyllid with a proclamation of an emergency program in the County against the insect.
In recent weeks, the psyllids have been detected in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Fillmore, Camarillo, Westlake Village, Ventura, and Santa Paula.
The ag officials say that fortunately, the finds have been small enough that they could be destroyed through limited pesticide spraying.
The psyllids can carry a bacterium which is deadly to citrus trees, and there is no cure. Infestations decimated Florida’s citrus industry several years ago.
Fortunately, none of the psyllids detected in Ventura County have been carrying the bacterium, and ag officials are hoping to destroy the outbreaks before the psyllids get the chance to become established in the county.