Information about moth spraying

To: UCSC Students

From: Office of Public Affairs

As you may already know, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is planning pheromone applications for the Santa Cruz area as part of a program to eradicate the light brown apple moth, a pest that damages crops and other plants. Insects use pheromones to attract mating partners, and the spraying is intended to prevent the moths from reproducing. Applications are scheduled in Santa Cruz County from November 4 to 9.

Information about the Light Brown Apple Moth Eradication Program is available on the CDFA web site at:

Please feel free to share this information with any family members who may have concerns about the spraying.

The CDFA has scheduled public meetings ( in the region to discuss the planned pheromone applications, including one today (Tuesday, October 23) at the University Inn and Conference Center, 611 Ocean Street, in Santa Cruz. The meeting includes an informational open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., a formal presentation from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and public comment from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

In addition to the eradication program web site, above, the CDFA has provided the following as a "contact" email address for people seeking more information: