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Ventura Quarantine: Asian Citrus Psyllid Found In Camarillo

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Ventura County is under quarantine, according to officials, after an aphid-like citrus pest that can carry an untreatable disease was discovered in Camarillo, reports the Associated Press. This weekend, California's Department of Food and Agriculture is expected to survey the area before beginning two pesticide treatments.

The Ventura County Star reports:

"An Asian citrus psyllid was found in the Spanish Hills neighborhood of Camarillo Thursday, according to Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales. The pest, which can carry a disease that kills citrus trees, is the third one found in the county and the first to be trapped in a residential area. The first two were found in commercial groves, Gonzales said."

Notes the AP, Asian citrus psyllid can carry the huanglongbing disease, an untreatable contagion, yet to be found in California, that kills trees and is responsible for ruining crops in other parts of the nation, including several southeastern U.S. states.