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7 October 2003
The next stage of aerial eradication for painted apple moth in western
Auckland will begin on 21 October 2003, the Director of the Painted Apple Moth
project Ian Gear said today.
There will be a second similar aerial operation over 6,500ha, weather
permitting, on 11 November 2003.
Mr Gear said that while there had been a very dramatic drop in the painted
apple moth population it was necessary to treat the 6,500ha area twice to ensure
the moth was wiped out.
"We are confident that we are winning the battle against the moth but we
can't afford to take any chances. Targeted treatment of the five risk sites,
Waikumete Cemetery, Meola Creek, Riverside Park, Hobsonville and Ranui will also
continue until such time we are satisfied the painted apple moth has been
eliminated in these areas.
"We are also expecting that over the next few months we may find
remnants of some moth colonies. This may mean discrete aerial operations or
ground spraying will be used to eradicate the moth.
"We will be assessing trap-catch data through the spring months and the
outcomes will determine the shape of future aerial operations.
"We are aware of the inconvenience aerial spraying causes and we are
grateful for the support we have had from the community.
"Notification of the aerial operation dates and areas will by way of
newspaper advertisements and this information will also be available through the
painted apple moth web site and 0800 number," Mr Gear said.
Media contact: Tina Nixon MAF Biosecurity Communications Adviser Ph