A large population of ACP and nymphs were found in an older section, northwest, of Visalia this past week, with County and State officials moving into eradication mode immediately. Making matters worse is that multiple life stages were found in the specific properties. Local homeowners (4) are reportedly cooperating as some 400 ACP were found. Preliminary testing of the trees does NOT indicate HLB in the area. All four sites have been treated. Precautionary treatments in surrounding area, 400m, will commence after a public meeting and notices are distributed to homeowners. Thankfully, there is no commercial citrus within a mile of the location and a 100m survey was conducted with no additional finds. Enforcement staffs are reviewing traps in the area on a daily basis until further notice.
This brings back the reminder that moving clean bins through an area is of paramount importance. Bins moving from a packing house into a production area can carry ACP hitchhikers. Growers need to monitor the arrival of said bins inasmuch the transportation routes, in this case Hwy 63, 65, 198, and 99 are vulnerable pathways for ACP distribution. Examples of bins moving into a production area are above. Two words describe the situation; NOT GOOD! Packing houses need to supply cleaned bins to groves and growers!