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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Citrus bug hunt includes Boyle Heights and downtown

Citrus tree owners in Echo Park and Silver Lake won’t be the only ones who maybe visited by state bug hunters in the next few days. A pocket in the southwest section of Boyle Heights and the eastern edge of downtown are also included in treatment areas intended to find and kill the Asian Citrus Psyllid. Starting Friday teams of workers organized by the state’s Department of Food & Agriculture will fan out in the selected zones looking for citrus trees.

Pesticide will later be sprayed on the foliage and another will be put into the ground around the trees. Residents who attended a meeting Thursday night regarding the treatment expressed some concern about the pesticides but state officials said they were safe and provided information about precautions.

Related stories:
* The search for psyllids expands. The Eastsider
* Psyllid is found in L.A. LA Times



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