THERE IS AN ISD TAG ON MY CITRUS TREE… WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Propagating citrus nurseries are required by the State of Florida’s Ag Department to treat every tree that leaves their screen-house facility with the systemic insecticide, at that time an ISD tag is placed on the plant with the date of application, as well an expiration date, which is 6 months later than the date of application. The primary reason for the use is to prevent Psyllid’s from spreading HLB (citrus Greening), not every Psyllid is a carrier of HLB, but the effort is to protect the plant from HLB.
The treatment also prevents other insects that might feed on the tree from doing so as well, like Aphids, white flies, citrus leaf miners and any other piercing or sucking insects. What this means to a homeowner is that it gives added protection against pests. Another way of looking at it is that it helps reduce the amount of open wounds on a leaf’s surface, which reduces the point of entry for citrus canker. Learn more about citrus canker by visiting our citrus canker page.
As a Homeowner what can you do?
To keep your tree as healthy as possible it is always recommended to follow growing standards and this is no exception… One of the easiest things to do to aid in the fight against Citrus Greening (HLB; Huanglongbing) is to continue the insecticide treatments with a systemic insecticide. One of the top technologies used is a product with the ingredient Imidacloprid, which is a product that mimics that of nicotine which affects the nervous system of feeding insects. A web search can provide more information about the ingredient and its availability to homeowners. Our recommendation is get, and follow the label directions, of a product by Bayer Advanced labeled “Fruit, Citrus, and Vegetable Insect Control” that is available at many nursery and retail stores. Here is a link with more information provided by Bayer Advanced.