As you travel out of the Valley and state this weekend and throughout the holiday travel season, the Arizona Department of Agriculture is reminding residents not to move citrus in and out of the state. Doing so, the department says, could put Arizona at risk of transmitting a small pest that's been known to carry a citrus disease that has the potential to kill orange, grapefruit, lemon, and all types of citrus trees.
As we told you earlier this year, parts of Arizona including part of Maricopa County have been under citrus quarantine for quite some time. The quarantine is part of an effort to prevent the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid, a small pest about the size of the tip of a pen that has been known to spread citrus greening disease. The disease isn't harmful to people but has caused damage to the citrus industries in other states and countries. It's widespread in Mexico and was recently found as nearby as a backyard in California.
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To help protect Arizona citrus, the department suggests buying citrus and citrus plants locally; not removing citrus plants, unclean fruit, or citrus plant parts out of the quarantine area; and not bringing citrus fruit, leaves, or plants with you from other states or countries as you travel.
You can view a map of Arizona's citrus quarantine area online
For more information, visit the Arizona Department of Agriculture website.