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Tamarixia radiata wasp release program for homeowners with citrus April 26

Post Date:04/05/2019 11:20 AM

UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension is working in cooperation with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the Division of Plant Industry (DPI) to once again offer a program for residents who have dooryard citrus trees and would like to help employ this control method for huanglongbing (HLB).

Tamarixia radiata is a biological control for the Asian Citrus Psyllid, which is the insect that transmits the bacterium that causes HLB or Citrus Greening Disease. While these wasps will not completely eradicate the Asian citrus psyllid pests, they are an important part of minimizing the problems caused by the Asian citrus psyllid.

For more information about Tamarixia radiata:http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/care/pests-and-diseases/pests/management/citrus-psyllid-wasp.html

Pick up of wasps will be Friday April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Extension Office, located at 8400 Picos Road, Fort Pierce.

Please contact Urban Horticulture Agent Kate Rotindo at krotindo@ufl.edu or 772-462-1609,  if you are interested in receiving wasps. Please have the number of citrus trees on yo7ur property available for staff.

You must email or call with information/confirmation in order to receive wasps on the pick-up day. Cut-off day for signing up to receive wasps is Thursday, April 18.

              

 

 

 

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