Chile grape moth controls a success
Controls in Chile against the spread of European grapevine moths ( Lobesia botrana) have been hailed a success. The pest was detected in several regions in October 2008, the Chilean agriculture and cattle service, the SAG, notes. That led to the implementation of measures including the application of pesticides. Some 135,000 ha were quarantined nationally and over 2,000 traps set. Pesticide applications were carried out across a 5 km radius from the point of capture of one of the pests, and “as a consequence of the effectiveness of the measures”, the radius was cut to 1 km. Applications have ended, except in areas where there was more than one captured moth. The SAG surveyed three affected areas at the end of 2009, finding no moths in two and “just five” in the third.