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Moth Pest Spray Date Announced

28 June 2002

A new targeted aerial spray date and spray zone has been announced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in its fight against the painted apple moth.

The seventh aerial spray operation is scheduled to start on Saturday 13 July – weather permitting - and pending next week’s Cabinet decision on the future of the programme. MAF is required to give 14 days notice of its aerial spray dates.

The new targeted aerial spray zone will affect 1800 properties – giving more than 1000 homes a reprieve from the spraying. New areas will be included this time where there have been recent infestations of the caterpilllar in Swanson, New Lynn and along the banks of the Henderson Creek.

MAF says it’s spraying these areas to get on top of recent larval finds outside the original zone before they spread. As a balancing act, some areas can be excluded from the zone because there have been no recent infestations, but they may have to be included in future sprays if the situation changes.

The original zone, which affected 3,000 properties, has been reduced to the seaward margins around the suburbs of Glendene, Kelston and the Avondale Peninsula.

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