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
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.
(KTVU TV News)
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