Informational Open House Tonight Regarding Infestations of the Light Brown Apple Moth
2011-06-08 · By Editor
The Office of Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal advises of an informational open house that will be held today, Wednesday, June 8th at Recreation Park. The community meeting will focus on the local infestations of an exotic insect, the Light Brown Apple Moth, which has been found in host plants in the City of Long Beach. The California Department of Food & Agriculture will be present to answer any questions regarding the program for interested citizens in the treatment area.
Infestations of an exotic insect, the Light Brown Apple Moth, have been found in host plants in the City of Long Beach. The insect has recently invaded California and become established in 20 counties. It is of particular concern because it can damage a wide range of crops and other plants including California’s prized cypress as well as redwoods, oaks and many other varieties commonly found in California’s urban landscaping and public parks. The list of agricultural crops it can damage include: grapes, citrus, stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, apricots) and many others.
The USDA and California Department of Food & Agriculture are working with the County of Los Angeles Agriculture commissioner to combat this pest using an integrated pest management program that will include the release of sterile moths. This practice has been effective in the past – keeping the Mediterranean fruit fly from establishing in the LA basin and the cotton pest, pink bollworm, out of the San Joaquin valley.
In order to evaluate its effectiveness, a pilot project will be located in a one square mile area in the center of the infestation in Long Beach. This area is from Ocean Blvd to 8th Street, and from Temple Avenue to Ximeno Ave. The sterile moths are expected to be released during the week of June 13th.
The informational open house will be held today, Wednesday, June 8, 2011, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Recreation Park 5001 Deukmejian Drive, Long Beach, 90804.