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LA MESA -- Residents in and around La Mesa have been finding a flier left at their home informing them of plans by the state and County Agriculture authorities to spray their property to help combat a pest that is threatening citrus trees.
The document gives a day and date for the spraying and advises residents to keep pets and their food and water dishes inside while this activity takes place.
Residents are also advised to stay out of treated areas until the spray has dried (usually four hours) and to keep the homes doors and windows closed and laundry inside during the spraying period.
The pest is an invasive and damaging one. Known as the "Asian citrus psyllid,'' the pest will infect trees which develop mottled leaves, produce misshapen fruit and will eventually kill the trees.
CLICK HERE to read more about the pest, which is threatening citrus in California as well as other states.
Other questions about the spraying can be directed to the state's hotline at (800) 491-1899.