In Washington Square many of us are fortunate to have the ability to walk outside and pick fresh oranges or lemons right from a tree in our backyard. Or perhaps we get our fresh citrus from a nearby farmers market.
With that in mind, the WSNA wants to let you know that the city of Pasadena has ordered a citrus quarantine and state officials are telling residents not to take home-grown or non-commercial citrus fruit out of the area due to a slow-moving bacteria that has caused millions of dollars of loss across the country. Click here for more information
The pathogen causes the huanglongbing disease and can be transferred from one citrus tree to another by the Asian Citrus Psyllid, a sap-sucking pest that can carry the bacteria from one tree to another as it feeds. The bacteria can also be transferred by grating cuttings from one tree to another.