Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
More than 30 percent of Ojai valley residences in a California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)-identified treatment area opted out of a pesticide treatment intended to protect Ojai citrus from the disease Huanglongbing (HLB), according to CDFA.
HLB is fatal to citrus trees and incurable. HLB is spread through populations of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP).
The goal of the area-wide treatment program is to keep the ACP population low, according to Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell, a U.C. Riverside research entomologist.
See also: Spraying continues: More than 220 choose to opt out Ojai Valley News, May 13, 2016.