Son Of LBAM – Moths Back In The News

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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.

Son Of LBAM – Moths Back In The News

They’re Baccccck!

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Well, when California farm products are banned elsewhere and the ag business goes to heck, we can thank ecoterrorists like David Dilworth for being kind and gentle to the moths.

State officials are calling the invasive light brown apple moth’s recent havoc on two Watsonville berry crops the first “significant damage” since the pest was discovered in California two years ago.

Bolda wrote it was “imperative” growers undertake control measures to inimize the chance of LBAM damage. “The increasing problem of the light brown apple moth — epiphyas postvittana — should be of great interest to all berry growers in the Santa Cruz and Monterey County production district,” Bolda wrote in a blog a week earlier. About 2,400 square miles are under quarantine in California because of the light brown apple moth threat to crops.

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Study Concludes – Moth Spray Not Making People Sick

(KTVU TV News)
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State officials say they’ve found no conclusive link between the hundreds of illnesses reported by Central Coast residents and the pesticide sprayed on their communities last year to combat a crop-eating moth.

Residents of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties complained of feeling sick after agricultural authorities sprayed residential areas last fall to combat the invasive light brown apple moth.

Study Concludes – Moth Spray Not Making People Sick

Real Science vs. The Poser

Dilworth’s feelings proven to be not of sound mind.

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Task force members found several points of debate in Dilworth’s presentation.

Steve Shimek, executive director of the Otter Project, said that data show the density of traps required would “make trapping impractical.”

David Headrick, a pest management expert and professor at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, questioned Dilworth’s determination of what makes a successful eradication effort.

During his presentation, Dilworth said state efforts have fallen short in eradicating seven of nine targeted species since 1982. Headrick said that a species can be eradicated and reintroduced at a later date.

Sheri Lee Smith of Forest Health Protection disputed Dilworth’s contention that Hawaii is not concerned about the moth’s presence on the islands.

“To say Hawaii is not concerned about the moth,” Smith said, “would be a mistake.”

Dilworth said he does not know what percentage of a regional population is captured by traps, and so he does not know how many traps would be needed to control the population.

“The only way we’re going to have an idea if it works is if we use traps for a long period of time and don’t catch any moths,” Dilworth said after his presentation.

For instance, the HOPE’s proposal indicates that apple moths fly no more than 30 yards from where they are born.

“We’re not sure where the (20- to 30-yard) figure came from, but suspect it may have come from a (New Zealand) study,” the response said.

In that study, moths were caught at a median distance of 30 meters to 35 meters after being released, the response said.

“As these were median distances, half of the moths flew further, and males were caught up to 600 meters from the release site.”

HOPE also said the moths “do not fly higher than 10 feet above the ground.”

The working group response said “this is simply not true,” saying that apple moths have been trapped about 50 feet high in a New Zealand pine forest.

Dilworth said he acquired this information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The response also shot down a HOPE claim that the sprayings “may have affected monarch butterflies or Smith’s blue butterflies, but not likely target moths.”

The working group response: “We don’t know why this statement is in the document or where it came from. The (Technical Working Group) is not aware of any information on either of these species relative to the LBAM treatments, nor is there anything in the formulations that we would expect to have any effect on these species one way or the other.”

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No Link Between Light Brown Apple Moth Spraying and Reported Illnesses

And Sam “the sham’ Farr has showed some rare gonads and came out against the spraying. Weird, I’ve always thought Farr was in the AgBiz’s back pocket.

Doctors and scientists from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the California Department of Public Health and the state Department of Pesticide Regulation examined the illness complaints that followed aerial spraying of a pheromone product in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties last year and described their findings in today’s report.
As the LBAM program continues, the state will monitor the safety of any future spraying.

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No Link Between Light Brown Apple Moth Spraying and Reported Illnesses

Mexico Will Ban California Produce – LBAM

Was anyone thinking about others’ fears? Want to think global or not?

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Mexican officials have banned all strawberries from the Central Coast if they are within 1.9 miles of a light brown apple moth meaning strawberries from fields like these off San Andreas Road likely won’t be going to Mexico.

If the ban stays in effect through this year’s strawberry season, it could cost county growers about $1.9 million in lost revenue, according to local estimates. Virtually no Santa Cruz County strawberries — by far the county’s largest crop — would be allowed across the border.

Mexico Will Ban California Produce – LBAM

More Moth Arguments

“Bug Experts”? Is the Hear-Old taking lessons from David Dilworth? They are Entomologists.

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A top state bug expert threw cold water Friday on a report suggesting the light brown apple moth has been kept in check in New Zealand without an aggressive pesticide program.

The report’s shortcomings, in Hoffman’s view, include:
· Overlooking financial and environmental costs of New Zealand’s pest management program.
· Giving short shrift to possible pitfalls of introducing non-native species to prey on the light brown apple moth.

It is unlikely the moth’s natural enemies would be allowed in the United States, Hoffman said.
· Ignoring the potential impact if the light brown apple moth becomes established in other parts of California, other states or Mexico and Canada.

“The authors display a lack of understanding about the purpose of classifying (the moth) as a regulated pest and the necessity of implementing actions to restrict its movement,” Hoffman wrote.

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Moth Spraying Returns In June

Guess the moth lovers lost that one.

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The state’s agriculture department announced Wednesday it plans to resume aerial spraying of pheromones over the Central Coast on June 1.

In a new 2008 “action plan” for fighting the light brown apple moth in California, the state also said it would likely release a stingless wasp in parts of Carmel, Marina and Seaside in hopes of controlling the moth, which officials say presents a threat to agriculture and the environment.

Moth Spraying Returns In June

Moth Spraying Complaints To Be Presented

And who better to complain than our own David Dilworth.

Dilworth Warning

The report’s authors acknowledge that an unknown number of the complaints may be duplicates because several agencies collected the information. But the report also suggests that many residents with symptoms have not reported them.

David Dilworth, executive director of HOPE, said the groups plan to present the nearly 200-page report to legislators Tuesday.

Will they include all the reports that were called in by fakers the day after the scheduled spraying was called off?

Moth Spraying Complaints To Be Presented

CheckMate Makes People Ill – Even When Spraying Was Canceled

That’s powerful stuff.

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In Santa Cruz County’s Environmental Health Department, program manager Jerry Lemoine said his office received a number of health complaints after the spraying. However, he said, they also received a number of complaints on an evening that the planned spraying had been canceled.

“There were a significant number of calls on one evening and the next morning of people reporting they were ill from the spraying, and the spraying didn’t happen that night,” Lemoine said.

CheckMate Makes People Ill – Even When Spraying Was Canceled