SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) -- An Edna Valley wine country area has been quarantined by San Luis Obispo County agriculture officials after discovery of a glassy-winged sharpshooter infestation.

The pest is the scourge of the wine grape industry. California's first major infestation occurred in Temecula in Riverside County in 1999, where more than 300 acres of vineyards were destroyed.

An adult insect was found about 10 day ago in a trap in The Arbors southeast county residential neighborhood. Agricultural commissioner Bob Lilley says extensive trapping has found three more glassy-winged sharpshooters and multiple egg masses.

There are many vineyards in the Edna Valley area but the insect hasn't been found in any vineyards.

Lilley told The Tribune in San Luis Obispo that the infestation appears to be isolated and there's a one-mile-radius quarantine zone.


Information from: The Tribune,

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