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7 May 2003
The MAF Biosecurity Authority's plans to deal with the recent gypsy moth find
in Hamilton are progressing well, Director Forest Biosecurity Peter Thomson said
A lone male gypsy moth was discovered by MAF's early warning surveillance
trapping programme in March.
MAF immediately launched an intensive response to establish if there were any
more moths but to date the original moth is the only one trapped.
"Last week in Hamilton, MAF utilised the resources of the top gypsy moth
experts within New Zealand and overseas to establish the best response to the
"Despite the trapping of only one moth, this pest is such a serious risk
to the ecology and economy of New Zealand that MAF considers an aggressive
approach to its containment and eradication is the best option. This view was
supported by the majority of the gypsy moth experts.
"The eradication tools that could be used include ground spraying, mass
trapping and host tree removal. MAF is not discounting the possibility that
aerial spraying will be used as well.
"Ground searches for any sign of the moth will also be carried out
during the winter," Mr Thomson said.
For further information contact:
Biosecurity Authority communications adviser Tina Nixon Ph 0272232789