Moth spraying program killed dead

Courtesy CurbedSF: The plan to fight an insect that state officials said could threaten crops is dead, officials said today. The aerial spraying of hormones intended to disrupt the reproductive cycle of the light brown apple moth — a 1/4-inch long pest that attacks both trees and crops — was loudly protested by groups representing parents, environmentalists, butterflies and pets.

Instead of spraying from helicopters, officials will fight the bugs by releasing sterile moths and “using other ground methods,” which sounds like one of those jobs it might be hard to hire people for. If you want to know what they are, read section 2 of this PDF document.

1 Comment so far

  1. Kaili (kailiotter) on June 20th, 2008 @ 8:04 am

    REALLY??? This is GREAT news!!!

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