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State Helping Nevada County Combat Invasive Grapevine Moth

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jeffrey Pylman is the county's agricultural commissioner.  He says preliminary eradication efforts revolve around population control.

PYLMAN: "The main disruption is a small hanger.  What it does is emit pheromones that will actually distract the male moth and keep it from finding the female moths."

Lynn Wilson owns the Pilot Peak Winery in Penn Valley, which is just outside the quarantine area.  He is being proactive by using an organic spray on his fruit..

WILSON: "The worry is that what could happen here if we didn't get right after it, the same that happened in Napa where essentially most of the county is quarantined.  They didn't find the moths until there were literally thousands of them."

Grape growers are allowed to ship their product out of the county, but only after a department of Food and Agriculture inspection.

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