April Chapter Meeting -- Mexican Fruit Fly and Asian Citrus Psyllid

Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.


Mexican fruit flies on an orange (image from USDA.gov)
Mexican fruit flies on an orange (image from USDA.gov)

Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 6:30pm-9:00pm

Norway Hall, 2006 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084

Invasive pests frequently enter San Diego County and can cause significant problems for fruit growers. In this session, we will cover two such pests: Mexican fruit fly, an invasive pest that was successfully eradicated in San Diego County, and Asian citrus psyllid, an invasive pest that has become established in the area and is spreading. The potential impact of both pests, management and regulatory strategies, and what you can do to prevent these damaging insects will all be discussed.

Eric Middleton joined UC Cooperative Extension as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor at the beginning of June 2022. Although he is based in San Diego County, Eric is also responsible for IPM needs in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Eric works with growers and communities wherever pests are in issue, including in nursery and floriculture production, citrus and avocado groves, and the many small farms found in San Diego County. His primary focus is on insect and arthropod pests.

  • 6:30-7:00 – Social time, registration, tasting table, purchase raffle tickets

  • 7:00-7:20 – Brief business meeting

  • 7:20-8:30 – Program

  • 8:30-9:00 – Raffle & break down