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Do your part to protect California’s citrus trees

Tamarixia radiata

California’s citrus trees are being threatened by the deadly plant disease, Huanglongbing (HLB). To fight HLB, thousands of tiny beneficial insects called Tamarixia radiata are being released in neighborhoods across the state to reduce populations of the Asian citrus psyllid, the pest that carries the disease.  

Deploying Tamarixia radiata is a unique way of targeting the pest in urban areas, as the insect only attacks psyllids, so no other insects are affected. To date, more than 4 million of these natural predator wasps have been released in California. 

For Tamarixia to be effective, ant control is critical. Do your part by placing ant bait – not spray – around your citrus trees and controlling ants throughout your yard. Your local nursery or home and garden center can provide recommendations on ant bait. 

For more information, check out this post.  

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