Sonoma Pest Control - Sterile insects released to combat LBAM

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Sonoma Pest Control - Sterile insects released to combat LBAM

 

Sterile moths

In an effort to combat the light brown apple moth, the United States moths - Pest ControlDepartment of Agriculture launched its sterile insect technology program on Wednesday afternoon, releasing 3,000 sterilized moths Chandon Winery's vineyard on Ramal Road.

The idea is that the sterilized moths will so overwhelm the wild moth population that it will disrupt the mating behavior, decreasing the population of wild moths. "The fertile insects have no idea they're mating with a sterile insect," said Dr. Greg Simmons, an entomologist overseeing the program for USDA.

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