This division is mandated to monitor agricultural and urban areas for harmful exotic pests in order to protect the local agricultural industry, environment, the public, and urban landscaping. This is largely accomplished through trapping, visual surveys, and the inspection of incoming nursery stock. The division also provides field inspection services for seed exporters where inspection of the mother plants is required and provides pest identification services.
Did you find a trap in your tree or yard?
Photo courtesy of Imperial County.
These traps help us monitor the county for invasive pests that could harm the agricultural industry or damage urban landscape plants. To request that a trap be removed or suggest a location for a trap please contact our office.
The Asian citrus psyllid was found in Imperial County in 2008 and is of great concern to the future of the citrus in California.
Photo courtesy of Michael Rogers of University of Florida.
It can transmit Huanglongbing (HLB), a.k.a. citrus greening, a disease that affects citrus trees where the fruit becomes unflavorful and the tree will eventually die. This disease has not been found in Imperial County, but could be introduced at any time.
Photos and information provided courtesy of the
Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program.
This program, also known as the Phytosanitary Field Inspection of Seed program, is performed to certify the mother plants of seed producing fields to allow for export. Not every country requires this inspection and you can contact us if you would like more information on individual country requirements.
This program is to certify ground or container grown plants as free from Ozonium Root Rot (ORR). ORR is a naturally occuring soil bourne fungus that affects over 2,000 plant species. Certification is needed for those wishing to export plants to certain counties or states. Please contact us if you have questions about a particular county's or state's requirements.
The chief purpose of our pest identification service is to provide, at no charge, a means for the agricultural industry and members of the public to have plant pests identified. In addition, it gives our office an opportunity to be on the front lines of early detection of agricultural or landscape pests, as well as providing an opportunity to educate the public on exotic and introduced pests, quarantine restrictions, and safe and appropriate pest control options. Our expertise and resources limits our ability to identify pests of a non-agricultural nature, which may exclude pests that have human health effects. If a pest problem is presented that is one that is best confirmed by a medical laboratory and treated by a doctor, such as human parasites, we will refer these calls to public health or advise the caller to consult a doctor.
Additionally, for the safety of our staff, if a pest is found in the home, we would ask that the resident collect the pest and provide it to staff. Pests may be submitted via mail, drop off at our office, or we may send someone to pick up the sample at our earliest convenience.
We would encourage anyone interested in these services, to contact us. Emailed photographs of pests are encouraged, but a physical sample may be required for accurate determination.
For information about bee swarms and mosquitoes, or how to report a bee nest or possible mosquito breeding habitat, please contact Imperial County Vector Control.
ph: (442) 265-1500
fax: (760) 353-9420
PUE fax: (760) 353-2561
852 Broadway Street
El Centro, CA 92243
4151 Highway 86, Bldg. 4
Brawley, CA 92227
513 2nd Avenue
Winterhaven, CA 92283
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