One of the most serious challenges to growing citrus is disease called Citrus Greening, which is carried from tree to tree by a non-native insect. Researchers have been working to identify a wide variety of solutions to this fatal disease.
One promising solution is a tiny insect that can help combat disease transmission. Called Tamarixia, this highly specific parasite provides natural control of the insect that spreads Greening in citrus groves. UF/IFAS Extension is offering a vial of these nearly microscopic predators to citizens growing citrus in their landscape.
To join the fight against devastating infection, contact the Extension office before close of business on Monday, October 23 by calling 352-527-5700.
Time is limited for this one-time opportunity. Simple instructions, including how to release these live insects, will be distributed at pick up on Friday October 27. Then you take the Tamarixia warriors home and disperse in your home garden. More information on Tamarixia radiata can be found here.