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Citrus Greening Disease Parasitic Wasps affecting citrus tress

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 13:24:42-04

FLORIDA (WTXL) - Homeowners with citrus trees on their property now have a new tool to fight off deadly Citrus Greening Disease Parasitic Wasps.

If you apply, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services will provide you with small vials of the wasp called Tamarixia. 

The state provides more than 1 million Tamarixia each year to commercial growers, but this is the first year homeowners have been eligible to receive them.

The wasps are only one method of battling citrus greening, which has devastated the state's citrus industry.

But state scientists hope it can work well in a smaller, urban setting where the wasps fly between neighboring properties.