The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has confirmed four additional HLB-positive trees in the San Gabriel region of Los Angeles County. The trees were located on three different properties in the same core area in San Gabriel as the two finds this past January.
CDFA has already removed three trees on two of the properties, and crews are working to get the last tree removed, which is located on the third property. The finds will not result in an expansion of the current quarantine and will not change current treatment and surveying activities in the region. The finds are a result of the sampling that occurred in the 800-meter area following the January finds.
CDFA’s trapping, treatment and survey crew has been working around the clock this winter following the detection of HLB positive citrus trees in San Gabriel and a La Puente psyllid that tested positive to be carrying the bacteria that causes HLB. Roughly 10,000 Asian citrus psyllids and 12,000 plant samples have been collected for HLB testing. CDFA and the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program will continue to provide updates as sampling efforts continue.