US clothianidin exemption for Asian citrus pysillid control
The US EPA has established a temporary tolerance for the neonicotinoid insecticide, clothianidin, for citrus fruit in association with an emergency exemption request. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) requested an exemption to allow use of the insecticide as a soil drench to immature citrus trees to control the transmission of citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing) by Asian citrus psyllids (Diaphorina citri). The FDACS asserted that clothianidin was needed to control the disease vectors because of the lack of available alternatives and the potential for significant economic losses. The temporary tolerance expires on December 31st 2017.