Posted: Sep 21, 2012 3:15 PM by The Associated Press
LEMOORE, Calif. (AP) - Officials in Central Valley's Kings County are setting traps after the discovery of a grapevine pest.
The Fresno Bee reports that a single grassy-winged sharpshooter was found in a trap at a home in Lemoore - only the second sharpshooter to be found in the county since 2002.
Kings County Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Jimmy Hook says the bug may have come into the county on a shipment of nursery plants. The additional traps will go up in the same area where the single sharpshooter was discovered.
The goal is to determine whether there are any more sharpshooters out there.
The insect can spread Pierce's Disease, which kills grapevines. The sharpshooter wiped out hundreds of acres of vines in the Temecula Valley area of Southern California more than a decade ago.
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