Goleta Opt Out updated: May 03, 2013, 4:00 PM
By Todd Bebb of Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association
On behalf of SBBA and all of SB’s Honeybees, we would like to thank the 106 residents in Goleta that decided to “Opt Out” of the CDFA treatments to their citrus trees with the Neonicitinoid, Imidicloprid. Out of the 286 properties within the treatment area, 110 were treated, 106 opted out, and the balance did not have any citrus on their property.
SBBA is committed to our pollinators, and will be getting educational materials out very soon to help backyard citrus owner identify the Asian Citrus Psyllid, the bacteria (HLB) that the Psyllid is a vector for, as well as alternative “Environmentally Sensitive” treatments in case you find this pest. Identification information can bee found here:http://www.californiacitrusthreat.com/
Alternative Treatments can bee found here: http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/publications.htm?seq_no_115=275704
More information, and updates can be found at http://www.sbba.org