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Statewide IPM Program, University of California

Light Brown Apple Moth

Light brown apple moth

Quarantine, Management, and Potential Impacts

In March 2007 the presence of the light brown apple moth (LBAM), Epiphyas postvittana, was confirmed in California by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). It was first found in Alameda County and as of July 2007 has been found in eight San Francisco Bay area counties and in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles counties.

APHIS issued a Federal Domestic Quarantine order on May 2, 2007, with restrictions on interstate shipment of plant material, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued a State Interior Quarantine order restricting intrastate shipment of plant material from counties where light brown apple moth is known to occur.

UC ANR staff have prepared a publication to help answer the many questions that growers and residents have about light brown apple moth, its quarantine, and the impacts it may have on California crops and residents.

IMPORTANT! The document summarizes quarantine regulations, but check the CDFA light brown apple moth Web site for the latest and most complete information.