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Light Brown Apple Moth Spraying

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posted on Jun, 7 2008 @ 12:43 AM
Thought I'd share this as this may effect those of us living here in the San Francisco Bay area.

Today I saw an advertisement at the movie house concerning the light brown apple moth. Saying that there will be spraying starting this summer for the moth.

Here's an article with several videos to the right regarding how people feel about the spraying.

Outrage Over Planned Bay Area Apple Moth Spraying

When Jerry Brown was Governor of Cali, he signed a bill for spraying of the Ceratitis capitata, the Mediterranean fruit fly, or medfly for short.

That spraying was pretty effective as it did get rid of the pesky flies we'd have around here. I can remember seeing swarms of flies gathered in various spots when going to school and playing outside with my friends. I saw a swarm of flies several weeks back which reminded me of them. Here's a pic...eeww!

posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 08:57 PM
Here's an update on the case of the apple moths. If you think about it, aerial spraying on top of all the smoke that's blowing in from the fires up north, would not be good at all for the health of the peoples.

Farmers weary on tactics to remove moths

By Karina Rusk MONTEREY, CO (KGO) -- Farmers and nursery owners are weighing in on a new plan for dealing with the light brown apple moth.

State officials last week abandoned the idea of aerial spraying, and said they would dispatch millions of sterile moths to eradicate the pest instead, but it won't happen until next year

Monterey county has a nearly $4 billion-a-year agriculture industry. It's called the salad bowl of the world but traps in that salad bowl have also turned up nearly 3,000 light brown apple moths.

But also in a way, maybe the smoke will help to deter the moths?

This is an article that has a quote about cedar odors and moths:
Smells as Media

Smell in Antiquity Aristotle’s student Theophratus is generally acknowledged to be the first person to write a treatise on odors, but Aristotle earlier wrote that pleasant odors preserved health. History is full of references to the connection between smells and health, culminating in aromatherapy today. In both Greece and Rome, personal use of perfume was common, even to the degree of having different body parts scented with different scents. Households were also heavily fragranced: even animals such as dogs and horses were sometimes perfumed. Reasons were both aesthetic and practical: cedar, heavily used, kept away moths, and smoke (from burning incense) kept away rodents. At banquets, there was much use of fragrant garlands, flowers, and incense; the guests were often both fed and perfumed. Roman theatres were frequently scented with saffron and other strong smells.

That's only if cedar trees are in the area of these fires though.


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