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of pesticides primarily for gypsy
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Service, under state
supervision, sprays Crown Hill
organic garden as media looks
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hot topics, such as the potential for massive spraying in 2013.
Does Mass Trapping (a safer method) work
to eradicate gypsy moths? Washington
of Agriculture misses another
opportunity to find out, relies on
pesticides again in Puyallup.
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research is emerging showing that
produced by the Bt organism (the active
ingredient in sprays such as
Foray 48B) do not completely break down in
the human gut, as industry
has always claimed.
Canada is in the sights of the
Ministry of Forests and Range. An
806 hectare section in the center of
Richmond will be aerially sprayed
with Foray 48B. See
Moth invades California!
Will the response be as
devastating as in New
will primarily use mating
spray (with an unknown
long-term safety record),
not Foray 48B. But other
pesticides will also be
used to spray almost 700
(including most of San Francisco,
Monterey, Santa Cruz,
and other cities) in
mid-August 2008 (As of
early 2011, San Francisco
has avoided spraying by
use of concerted legal and
agencies, as usual, are
thinking more about
protecting crops than
people, and politicians
are sidestepping the
to CASS to find out
government report states
harm people in spray zone.
Inquiry into Foray
48B Spraying in New Zealand released;
reports on the effects of aerial
spraying are sobering.
48B with some
misconception it is
from NZ Health
Ministry Expresses Caution Over
Btk Use Summary
says mating disruption OK, so why
use it here?
could we say Bt
is unsafe? Get some quick
to know what's
really in Foray 48B or Foray 48XG?
the latest Foray
Bt survive in humans? Check
But why should you
letter in High Country
News.And then, read
Famous Entomologist Says
on Legal Issues
WASHINGTON GYPSY MOTH CATCHES for
Beach (Mason Co.) 5
WASHINGTON GYPSY MOTH CATCHES
WASHINGTON STATE GYPSY MOTH
CATCHES for 2010-2012
(Snohomish Co.) 2
Beach. In danger of
spraying in 2012
SR 512 and 94th Ave. E.
0 Died out
or all were trapped.
||This map shows the location of all gypsy moth catches (all were the European
variety) by the WSDA. Pheromone attractant traps were used.
A dot in the center of the icon signifies more than one moth was found at
that location for that year. Click on the icon to see how many
Spraying guidelines: in general, moths trapped in one locale over a
period of 3 years will trigger pesticide spraying. The time to spraying may be
shortened if many moths are found, or other lifestages are located. A single
Asian gypsy moth detection will trigger an aerial spraying over a square mile
2013: There could be spraying in
the area of the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila. The spray will
likely have adverse effects as it drifts into the adjacent Green River
and the Black River Riparian Forest.
Asian gypsy moth egg masses were found at the Port of Tacoma on a ship (indicated on the map). This may prompt a one square mile aerial spraying of the Port, either summarily this year, or in 2014. Stay tuned...
PAST YEARS' SPRAYING AND TRAPPING
No spraying happened in Washington for 2012. Some "infestations" died out naturally or were trapped out of existence.
WASHINGTON GYPSY MOTH
CATCHES for 2010
The area adjacent
to the South Hill Mall in Puyallup
was sprayed again in 2011.
The WSDA's first treatment of this
area in 2010 failed. This is
somewhat common with Btk (Foray
48) pesticides. A mass-trapping
grid (designed to trap as many
male moths as possible before they
can locate a mate) was deployed.
By spraying this area this year,
there will be no data to indicate
whether mass trapping (a much
safer strategy) worked or not.
WSDA will likely claim, if the
infestation is wiped out, that the
spraying or the combination was
what was effective, not the mass
Mass trapping has worked in
Washington State - for example,
the 2005 Crown Hill (Seattle)
infestation appeared to have been
eradicated with mass trapping.
0 Died out
naturally, or all were
(Pierce Co.) 0
Ft. Lewis (Pierce
WASHINGTON GYPSY MOTH CATCHES for 2007
GM catches, and no spraying
scheduled for 2009
Maple Leaf (Seattle)
GYPSY MOTH CATCHES for 2006
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