SANTA ROSA (CBS/AP) — Sonoma County agriculture inspectors are on high alert after discovering a pest that has been the scourge of the wine grape industry in tree shipments from Southern California.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Sunday that inspectors rejected a shipment of mostly olive trees from Ventura County sent to a nursery last month after finding eggs and exoskeletons of the glassy-winged sharpshooter.READ MORE: UPDATE: 2-Alarm Fire Erupts At San Francisco Residential Hotel; One Resident Injured; Blaze Contained
The sharpshooter can transmit bacteria responsible for plant diseases, including Pierce’s disease, which is fatal to grapevines.
Now inspectors are closely examining all shipments from Southern California plant nurseries.READ MORE: Albany Business District Sees Renewed Signs of Life as COVID Reopening Nears
The newspaper says most shipments from infested areas are sprayed with an approved treatment protocol that renders eggs unviable and kills adult bugs.
Officials estimate they find evidence of the insect pests at least twice in a year.MORE NEWS: Pandemic Provided Novato Shop Owner Lessons in Business and Life
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