The best way you can help combat the spread of invasive insects, weeds and plant diseases is by not sending back-yard grown fruit or vegetables through the mail. The fruits or vegetables may look good on the outside, but damaging insects can lay their eggs inside fruit and vegetables and then hitchhike into California.
Together, we can protect California!
The State of California has a pest detection program looking for new introductions of damaging pests. If the California Department of Agriculture asks to place an insect trap in your yard, please help out California and say “Yes!”
It’s important to know the relevant laws, regulations, and quarantines if you plan to ship agricultural products.
1.) For domestic shipments destined for California: You can contact your local agricultural commissioner’s office with questions. For a listing of all the agricultural commissioner offices in the State, visit: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/exec/county/countymap/
3.) When you travel, please do not bring back any plants, cuttings, fruits or vegetables! YouTube video from the Beagle Brigade “Don’t Pack a Pest”:
5.) Teach others about the importance of keeping pests out of California. Links and resources, including a coloring book.