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Citrus pest spreads to Jurupa Valley


Last updated 4/22/2012 at Noon

JURUPA VALLEY - The Asian citrus psyllid has spread to Riverside County, and state agricultural officials said today they will start spraying small doses of insecticide to try to halt the spread of the insect and the devastating citrus tree disease that it spreads.

State Department of Food and Agriculture officials say emergency action is needed to protect California's $2 billion per year citrus industry from enormous impact should the tree-killing pest spread''citrus greening disease'' to commercial groves and backyard trees.

The state found the pest in a trap this month in Jurupa Valley...

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