Recently, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture discovered Huanglongbing, also known as HLB or citrus greening disease, in La Habra and Anaheim. HLB kills citrus trees and has no cure. The disease is not harmful to humans or animals. The disease is spread by a pest called the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP). ACP is a small insect that feeds on citrus tree leaves, which causes a bacteria called Huanglongbing to spread. If a tree is infected, it can die in as little as five years.
At the October 17, 2017 City Council Meeting, Jeff Croy of the Orange County Agricultural Commission and Paul Worlie of the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program provided a presentation regarding the citrus pest, HLB. To view the presentation and additional information on this citrus pest and home prevention, please click on the following link: www.placentia.org/citruspest.