Remember the stories of people claiming to get sick at the mere mention of spraying?
The moths will eat almost any plant species and pose a risk to the farming industry. “There are almost 2-thousand species of plants that they will feed on and they are very damaging so it does result in a reduction of their harvest,” said Lowerison. Right now areas of Morro Bay and Cayucos are under quarantine. Meaning some crops need to be inspected before being shipped out or sprayed with an approved pesticide.
In years past tactics for killing the insect have been much more aggressive. When the moth showed up in Monterey County years ago the USDA began using aerial spraying, at times over neighborhoods. The strategy set off protests and law suits.