Restrictions have been lifted on the movement of citrus fruit and citrus plants in Tulare County. As a result of detections of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) in the Lindsay/Strathmore and Terra Bella areas in October and November 2012, citrus fruit was only allowed to move outside the restricted zones if it had been treated according to requirements and then commercially cleaned and packed. The restrictions were enforced in two zones totaling 163 square miles, each area with a five-mile radius surrounding the sites where the insects were found.
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, CDFA and the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner worked collaboratively to conduct extensive trapping and visual surveys in the restricted areas. Neither the visual surveys nor the trapping yielded additional ACP detections. Consequently, the restrictions were recently lifted.
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