Florida offering homeowners tiny wasps to battle citrus disease

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By: Associated Press
August 2, 2017

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida homeowners with citrus trees on their property have a new tool to fight off deadly citrus greening disease: parasitic wasps.

The Gainesville Sun reports that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will provide residents with small vials of the wasp called tamarixia, which hunt the invasive Asian citrus psyllid that spreads the disease.

The state provides more than 1 million tamarixia each year to commercial growers, but this is the first year homeowners have been eligible to receive them; they just have to apply.

Citrus greening has devastated the state's citrus industry. State scientists hope the wasps can work well in a smaller, urban setting where they fly between neighboring properties.

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