Harmful citrus pest turns up in Redlands 

A pest that threatens citrus crops has turned up in the San Bernardino County city of Redlands.

The Press-Enterprise of Riverside (http://bit.ly/xbMdf2 ) says the Asian citrus psyllid (SIH'-lihd) was discovered at the city-owned Granite Grove.

The newspaper says the City Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to consider a request to spend up to $38,000 to treat all 16 of the city's groves for the pest.

The Asian citrus psyllid can spread a fatal disease that kills lemon and orange trees.

This year's warm Southern California winter is causing citrus trees to leaf out earlier than usual, promoting the spread of the psyllid, which feeds on the new growth.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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