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Informational meeting on light brown apple moth and pending quarantine to be held at Fallbrook Community Center

SAN DIEGO - A species of moth known to damage plants and agriculture products has been discovered near Balboa Park, prompting a pending quarantine, San Diego County officials announced today.

Four light brown apple moths were found in a trap set one mile east of Balboa Park, according to Robert Atkins, the county's agriculture commissioner.

The discovery will trigger a 1.5-mile quarantine around the site as early as next week, and a subsequent federal quarantine could be imposed on the rest of the county, he said.

''Additional traps have been placed in the nine square miles surrounding the find site,'' Atkins said. ''We need to determine the extent of this infestation.''

Light brown apple moths, which are native to Australia, are known to damage more than 2,000 types of plants and more than 250 kinds of agriculture products.

Moth larvae feed on fruit, creating brown areas on the surface, and the caterpillars damage plants by eating the leaves, buds, shoots and fruit. The moth eats fruits and vegetables such as apple, blueberry, peach, pear, strawberry, grape, cabbage, corn, pepper, and tomato. It also is found on trees, including oak, willow, poplar, walnut; and ornamentals, such as rose, chrysanthemum and dahlia. The insect is native to Australia and has been found in other areas of California.

An informational meeting for San Diego County farmers on the infestation has been scheduled for Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Fallbrook Community Center, located at 341 Heald Laneat the Fallbrook Community Center.

When available, information regarding quarantine boundaries will be posted at If you suspect Light Brown Apple Moth on any of your plants or trees, call the CDFA PEST HOTLINE at 1-800-491-1899 or 619-698-1046. For more information on LBAM, visit the CDFA website at To volunteer your location for their trapping program, call 1-800-300-8727 (TRAP).

Read these previous Village News stories for more information

Local farmers advised on Light Brown Apple Moth

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First light brown apple moth found in county

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