Friday, June 15, 2007
Bay Area Hit with Quarantine to Curb Spread of Light Brown Apple Moth
The apple moth was first discovered in Berkeley on Feb. 6, its first detection in the continental United States. The moth eats fruit crops, oak trees, pine trees, and is particularly partial to crops like avocados, tomatoes, citrus and stone/drupe fruits such as peaches and plums (aggregate drupelet fruits include blackberries and raspberries). Recently, the moth has been trapped on Mill Street in Half Moon Bay and Coronet Boulevard in Belmont.
Staff has contacted the County Agricultural Commissioner’s office, who said even though there currently are no enforcements in place in regards to the general public, they're requesting for people to not take plant materials outside the quarantined area. It is, however, okay to put greenwaste in the recycling carts for collection by SSF Scavenger Co.
If you would like more information about the light brown apple moth and its impact on you, visit the CDFA’s website (under Hot Topics).