The Arcadia Citrus Program kicks off its 13th year on Saturday, Jan. 25. In years past, more than 2 million pounds of citrus has been collected. This year could be as much as 3 million. Typically, about 100 tons are collected each year.
Residents in the Arcadia area of Phoenix, along with those in Tempe and Scottsdale, are being asked to remove extra citrus fruits from their trees in an effort to avoid waste and help control the Valley’s roof-rat population. Picking the citrus reduces the draw of roof rats to people’s properties.
The citrus program drop-off is scheduled for 8 a.m.-noon Saturday mornings, Jan. 25-March 1, at the Scottsdale Elk’s Lodge parking lot, 6398 E. Oak St.
Volunteers will be on-site from 9 to 11 a.m. on those mornings to provide information about rodent eradication, home-proofing and landscape care. White tube bait stations and rat poison will be available to purchase.
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