Four male moths found within three miles of each other prompted the establishment of a quarantine in the Oceanside area of the county that is expected to last until approximately September 20, 2013. This date may be extended in the event of more finds.
The quarantine boundaries are: Camp Pendleton on the north side, Sleeping Indian Road on the east side, State Route 76 on the south side and Faussat Road on the west side. To determine if you are inside or outside of the quarantine area, you can check here: LBAM Quarantine Map for the Oceanside area (You can zoom in to find street names.)
This pest is native to Australia and New Zealand. In it's native land, this pest does not cause much of a problem. However, when pests are transported to an area without natural predators, then watch out! In California, this pest does not have any natural predators and is considered invasive.
LBAM larvae feed on the leaves and fruit of more than 2,000 plants including many fruit, vegetables, ornamentals and trees grown locally. Examples are avocados, citrus, corn, grapes, kiwi, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, pines, roses and jasmine, just to name a few!
A California Interior Quarantine, was declared which covers a 1.5 mile radius from each find site, totaling 18 square miles. The quarantine is expected to end September 20, 2013, as long as no other moths are found.
Approved LBAM Treatments for Nurseries and Host Crops
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) LBAM Website