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Mar 10, 2010 12:36 AM by Kelly Bush

Statewide moth trapping effort seen in San Luis Obispo County

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has begun a statewide, federally-funded trapping project after two pests -- the European Grapevine Moth and the Asian Citrus Psyllid -- were detected elsewhere in the state.

Both pests could significantly impact the shipping of agriculture products out of California. To date, neither has been found in San Luis Obispo County. To make sure they have not arrived, 2,300 insect traps are scheduled to be placed in local vineyards and neighborhoods this spring.

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture is working with the California Department of Food and Agriculture on the effort. The agencies will need cooperation from commercial growers and the public to gain access to trees and vines in order to hang the insect traps.

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