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25 August 1999
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is continuing to monitor the exotic painted
apple moth found in early May this year in the Glendene area.
A follow-up survey covering an extended one-kilometre radius area around the original
find is being conducted this week (week beginning 23 August).
Authorised field staff will be visiting properties in this area to inspect trees for
the presence of painted apple moth.
During the three-month period since painted apple moth was discovered, several surveys
of the Glendene area have been carried out. Of the 1351 properties in the area, including
Waitakere City Council Parks and Reserves, only 18 have been found to be infested with
painted apple moth.
Insecticide treatments applied at weekends, combined with some host tree removals,
appear to have eliminated the insect from at least 14 of these properties. However,
monitoring and treatment of infested sites will continue.
Any inquiries regarding the survey (or reports of hairy caterpillars) should be
directed to MAF's National Plant Pest Reference Laboratory on 0800 666 122.
Media inquiries to:
Dr Ruth Frampton, Director, Forest Biosecurity, MAF 04-498 9639/025-350 801
Debbie Gee, Director, Corporate Communications, MAF 04-474 4258