The Asian Citrus Psyllid is a tiny bug with the potential of wiping out Central California’s 2 billion dollar a year citrus industry. It’s already in the Los Angeles basin. The bug is an invasive species and has no natural enemies in California. University of California researchers went to Pakistan to find a predatory wasp called Tamarixia radiate. The baby wasps eat the Asian Citrus Psyllid. Since the wasps need a population of Asian Citrus Psyllids to survive, they are not a useful tool in the Valley right now, but they could save our crops, should the Psyllid arrive.
Wasp may save Valley citrus
March 14, 2013 · 5:58 am