During the past few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion and a special City Council meeting about aerial pheromone spraying in the Monterey area to combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). Yesterday, the Secretary of Food and Agriculture announced his decision to begin the aerial application on September 9. This morning, the Monterey City Council released a statement in response.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture Web site includes information about the statewide Light Brown Apple Moth project, the Monterey area eradication plan, and the chemicals that will be used, CheckMate®OLR-F and Checkmate®LBAM-F. If you have questions, you can call the Department at 1-800-491-1899.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture site has a summary of information about the LBAM. You can find regulatory information about LBAM pheromones and a Lepidopteran Pheromones Fact Sheet at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has brief Product Information Reports on CheckMate®OLR-F and CheckMate®LBAM-F. Another source for information about LBAM impacts and management is the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.
mty res said, on Sep. 5 at 10:11PM
good stuff. very informative like a library should be. thanks
Nonna Carole said, on Sep. 6 at 3:51PM
The lack of human data for apple moth pheromone spray/chemicals means that children, pregnant women, asthmatics and the elderly all will be part of any future claims against the State of California due to health risks incurred from these "mild toxins" that linger wherever they land for 30 days. Water, land, houses, cars, everything saturated with the sprays for 3 full nights, potentially will be inhaled, ingested or cause irritation to eyes, nose and skin of animals and humans. Can you picture the anxiety, the doctors' visits, the liability costs for the county and state on top of the costs of the spraying? Give it a try, and don't forget to include the bad publicity to come. Public Health Nurse in Monterey--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
montereymom said, on Sep. 7 at 10:45AM
THANKS for all the links!! I've been looking for information to balance the (reactionary) responses in the community.
esp said, on Sep. 22 at 1:00PM
Here's a collection of information: LBAM.info
Bob said, on Oct. 13 at 9:08PM
I hope the county/state will re-apply the moth repellent. I have walked quite a bit in Monterey and have seen thousands of the moths, just waiting to attack poor oak trees. Can you people who are against it not see they are destroying all of our oak trees! I went into a restaurant the other day, and someone said 'you've go a lot of the moth's larvae', the waitress in the restaurant had to take a damp cloth and wipe them off my back. Is this what all of you anti-spray fools want to happen to all?
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