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The residential pesticide applications against the Asian fruit fly:

We have no choice, and must act now to save our citrus. 16% 19 votes
To be on the safe side, do Santa Barbara as well. 6% 7 votes
Stop and consider alternatives that will spare the bees. 76% 86 votes
112 total votes

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You wishful thinkers need to read the UC DAvis IPM report on this pest. It's spray now to get rid of the psyllid, or wait until Huanglongbing disease appears, and say goodbye to organic citrus forever.
Here is the link: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/EXOTIC/dia...
This is a clear case of going with the lesser of two evils.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
April 5, 2013 at 11:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That's a great link blackpoodles. Can you imagine what would happen if that psyllid spread to the Filmore area? Bye bye to locally grown oranges.

Here's a shout out to Friends Ranch and Buckhorn Canyon Ranch. Their navel crop is pretty good this season. I wonder how long they're going to be able to stay organic?

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
April 6, 2013 at 10:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ahh, so are we are spraying our neighborhoods now instead of the fruit, so we in the neighborhoods can continue to have organic fruit?

I want organic fruit too, so I do feel this is worth discussion..

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 8, 2013 at 10:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Without bees there'll be no citrus or other fruits and vegetables.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 8, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Strange that some want to use pesticides (Hello Monsanto & friends) instead of the parasitic wasp that was imported from Pakistan and currently used in Los Angeles. This bug is not going to go away, so we need to adapt to keep it under control. Citrus trees will need to be selected for resistance to the bacteria. I vote for the honeybees at this point.

sbindyreader (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2013 at 12:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'd love more info about this parasitic wasp. Do you have a link?
I love bees. I garden organically. Nevertheless, I think we have to be willing to look at non-organic controls when the stakes are as high as they are here.
In the meantime, if you take citrus to friends, snip off the leaves. Don't buy citrus with leaves attached. That's how the psyllid is spreading.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
April 10, 2013 at 9:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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