Asian Citrus Psyllid

Pest: Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri)

Pest Type: Insect Pest

asian citrus

Major Identifying Features: Tiny, mottled, brown insect,  size of an aphid, positions its body in a 45° angle when feeding,

Life Cycle: Adults live one to two months, females lay tiny yellow-orange eggs, almond-shaped eggs, lay eggs in new leaves of citrus, each female can lay several hundred eggs during her lifespan

Pest Rating: Moderate

Management Rating: Difficult

Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Citrus and other related plant species

Damage Information: Asian citrus psyllids attack all varieties of citrus and other related plants, new leaf twists and burns back, vector bacteria that causes Huanglongbing disease (HLB)

Management Options: Chemical control is difficult but might be the last resort, biological control with Tamarixia radiata and Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis, this is also difficult, monitoring with yellow sticky traps



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