Sunday, July 18, 2010

I Was Quoted About Insect Traps

Stephanie Walton of the Daily Breeze consistently gets things quickly, and gets them right - at least, whenever I've talked with her seen her print something with which I have been involved. She writes answers to "Ask Us" submissions made by the paper's readers. I used to get calls from Ms. Walton when I was at Public Works, and I get them from her now, too.

This time, the question was about possible insect traps someone was seeing around Torrance. One kind of trap spotted sound like ones used for trapping Asian Citrus Psyllid.

That pest now has been found in dozens of cities in the county, said Ken Pellman, public information officer for the county's Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights & Measures. The disease the species can transmit, Huanglongbing (HLB), which kills citrus trees, has not been detected in trapped specimens in the state, Pellman said.
I try to let people know what they can do, especially when an ounce of prevention is better than many pounds of cure. The Daily Breeze coverage area rangs from LAX to the ports, which means the area that will often get hit first with an infestation.

"We really need the help of your readers in preventing infestations of destructive exotic pests," Pellman said.

"Fruits, vegetables and other plant materials that come from outside of California may bring with them pests - such as insects, diseases and weeds - that don't belong in California. Those things are problems because they kill or harm native species, damage buildings, destroy landscaping and home-grown fruits and vegetables, and add extra costs to California's agriculture industry - costs that will get passed along to consumers."
Don't bug California!


Homegrown Evolution said...

The problem is that it won't work. At best CDFA will delay the onset of HLB to give the big growers time to genetically engineer resistant citrus. Meanwhile CDFA is blanketing LA in neonicotinoids deadly to pollinating insects. Please pass this website around your office and the book it's author wrote:

Interested in hearing your take on it.

Kori and Ken Pellman said...

Nice to see you again. I don't think I ever properly thanked you for blogging about our meeting face to face.

ACP caught in the traps are examined, in part, to chart the spread of HLB.

Let's hope that resistant citrus is accomplished sooner rather than later.

And as far as pesticides - the people I work with aren't the ones approving them. We monitor storage and application for compliance with the law, and conduct safety training for handling pesticides. -Ken