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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 9, 2000
Contact: Steve Lyle
                Larry Cooper


Increased Trapping Begins

SACRAMENTO - San Joaquin County agricultural trappers discovered a glassy-winged sharpshooter Monday at a nursery 11 miles east of Lodi. The sharpshooter was found in a trap during a routine survey. The sharpshooter was positively identified at the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory in Sacramento. A single glassy-winged sharpshooter found in a Lodi orchard last fall was an isolated incident and believed not to be related to this discovery.

"Local agricultural inspectors are placing additional traps around the nursery, as well as intensifying visual surveys, to learn if there are any more glassy-winged sharpshooters" said CDFA Secretary William (Bill) Lyons Jr. "This is a true indication that the detection and survey program we introduced throughout the state is working."

Agricultural commissioners around California are working together with CDFA to try to stop the spread of the glassy-winged sharpshooter.

The glassy-winged sharpshooter is a carrier of Pierce’s Disease, which infects and kills grapevines and other plants. Counties known to be infested with the sharpshooter include Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura, Orange, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Kern.

In March, Governor Gray Davis announced a plan to sponsor legislation to provide $14 million over two years to fight the glassy-winged sharpshooter and Pierce’s Disease.

For more information, visit the CDFA's glassy-winged sharpshooter web page at


California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, California  95814