Spraying continues: More than 220 choose to opt out

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap

With citrus spraying ongoing in the Ojai Valley, more than 220 have asked not to have their trees sprayed.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Pesticide spraying, to control the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) population in the Ojai Valley, began May 8 in the East End, and will continue westward through the Valley until May 29.

There are 4,114 residences in the treatment area — those within 400 meters of a commercial citrus operation — and so far, 224 residents have opted out of pesticide treatment, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

Patty Pagaling, executive director of the group Transition to Organics, hosted a public event in Libbey Park Sunday encouraging residents to opt out of treatment.

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