Apple moth spraying may not be needed

March 10, 2008 10:58:43 AM PDT
UC Santa Cruz experts say it may not be necessary to spray the Bay Area, to protect crops and plants from the invading light brown apple moth.

In a new study, researchers say the insect -- a native of Australia -- can be controlled just as effectively, and more safely, by natural predators.

The study is based on data gathered in New Zealand. But state officials say it probably wouldn't work in California.

The chemical spray has been controversial -- after a spraying along the central coast last fall, hundreds of people reported getting sick.