This site is designed to educate about the overuse and misuse of pesticides primarily for gypsy moth. If you are new to the site, read our introduction page here to get some quick information and get oriented.


Washington Tree Service, under state supervision, sprays Crown Hill
organic garden as media looks on.

See our HEADLINERS for hot topics, such as the potential for massive spraying in 2013.

Does Mass Trapping (a safer method) work to eradicate gypsy moths? Washington State Department of Agriculture misses another opportunity to find out, relies on pesticides again in Puyallup.

Read our Blog (over 5 years worth!) for current and historical information.

Click here to get a shopper's guide to pesticides in produce. Find out which fruits and vegetables have the most and the least pesticide residues. Take the wallet-sized guide with you to the store.

GO HERE to find out what you can do about Foray 48B spraying, and how to protect your family.

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Items of Interest

  • New research is emerging showing that the toxin produced by the Bt organism (the active ingredient in sprays such as Foray 48B) do not completely break down in the human gut, as industry has always claimed.
  • Richmond, BC, Canada is in the sights of the Ministry of Forests and Range. An 806 hectare section in the center of Richmond will be aerially sprayed with Foray 48B. See our blog here.
  • Apple Moth invades California! Will the response be as devastating as in New Zealand? California will primarily use mating disruption biochemical spray (with an unknown long-term safety record), not Foray 48B. But other pesticides will also be used to spray almost 700 square miles (including most of San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and other cities) in mid-August 2008 (As of early 2011, San Francisco has avoided spraying by use of concerted legal and public protests). Agricultural agencies, as usual, are thinking more about protecting crops than people, and politicians are sidestepping the issue. Go to CASS to find out the latest.
  • New Zealand government report states Foray 48B spraying not proven safe, and exposure may harm people in spray zone.
  • The People's Inquiry into Foray 48B Spraying in New Zealand released; reports on the effects of aerial spraying are sobering.
  • Canadians try Dipel instead of Foray 48B with some misconception it is "safer."
  • Report from NZ Health Ministry Expresses Caution Over Btk Use Summary here.
  • USDA says mating disruption OK, so why can't we use it here?
  • How could we say Bt is unsafe? Get some quick facts.
  • Want to know what's really in Foray 48B or Foray 48XG? Look here!
  • See the latest Foray 48B labels...
  • Foray 48XG? What's this?
  • Can Bt survive in humans? Check it out!
  • WEST NILE VIRUS IS COMING. But why should you care? See this letter in High Country News.And then, read all about it.
  • A Famous Entomologist Says Don't Spray!
  • Rick Poulin on Legal Issues


WASHINGTON STATE GYPSY MOTH CATCHES for 2010-2012


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                                              legend This map shows the location of all gypsy moth catches (all were the European variety) by the WSDA. Pheromone attractant traps were used.
A dot in the center of the icon signifies more than one moth was found at that location for that year. Click on the icon to see how many were trapped.

Spraying guidelines: in general, moths trapped in one locale over a period of 3 years will trigger pesticide spraying. The time to spraying may be shortened if many moths are found, or other lifestages are located. A single Asian gypsy moth detection will trigger an aerial spraying over a square mile area.

2014: Only 1 Euro/American gypsy moth moth was trapped in 2013 for all of Washington, in Seattle at 16th Ave. E between Olive and Pine. No spraying in Washington is likely for 2014.

2013: As predicted, the Ft. Dent/Starfire area in Tukwila was treated with a combination of aerial mating disruption (disparlure) pellets and ground spraying of Foray-48X (btk-based insecticide). The spray area was about 181 acres total, a1/2 mile square area roughly centered on the eastern entry to the park.
The spraying will likely have adverse effects, as it drifted into the adjacent Green River and the Black River Riparian Forest. No tracking was done to observe if there was any environmental impact.


spray creaturePAST YEARS' SPRAYING AND TRAPPING

No spraying happened in Washington for 2012. Some "infestations" died out naturally or were trapped out of existence.

The area adjacent to the South Hill Mall in Puyallup was  sprayed again in 2011.

The WSDA's first treatment of this area in 2010 failed. This is somewhat common with Btk (Foray 48) pesticides. A mass-trapping grid (designed to trap as many male moths as possible before they can locate a mate) was deployed. By spraying this area this year, there will be no data to indicate whether mass trapping (a much safer strategy) worked or not. WSDA will likely claim, if the infestation is wiped out, that the spraying or the combination was what was effective, not the mass trapping alone.

Mass trapping has worked in Washington State - for example, the 2005 Crown Hill (Seattle) infestation appeared to have been eradicated with mass trapping.

MAJOR WASHINGTON GYPSY MOTH CATCHES for 2010
Renton (Near Seward Park) 1
Renton (Near Seward Park) 1
Marysville (Snohomish Co.)  2
Belfair (Mason Co.)         2  Sunset Beach. In danger of spraying in 2012
Puyallup                      7  Near SR 512 and 94th Ave. E.
Fife                          1
Ft. Lewis                    Died out naturally, or all were trapped.
Midland (Pierce Co.)         0  Died out naturally, or all were trapped.
Kent                          0
No Asian GM catches, and no spraying scheduled for 2011

MAJOR WASHINGTON GYPSY MOTH CATCHES for 2009
Midland (Pierce Co.)        7
Sunset Beach (Mason Co.)  5
Everett (Snohomish Co.)    2
Ft. Lewis (Pierce Co.)      0
Kent                         0
No Asian GM catches, and no spraying scheduled for 2010

MAJOR WASHINGTON GYPSY MOTH CATCHES for 2008
Ft. Lewis (Pierce Co.)    3
Wauna                     0
Kent                       2
                      No Asian GM catches, and no spraying scheduled for 2009  


MAJOR WASHINGTON GYPSY MOTH CATCHES for 2007
Wauna (Tacoma)          9    See Map...
Kent                 
   
  5  

Birch Bay (Whatcom)  
   3

Maple Leaf (Seattle)     1
   
See Map...
Marysville                
1

Sequim                 
  
1
Totem Lake               
1
Minterwood (Pierce)      
1

MAJOR WASHINGTON GYPSY MOTH CATCHES for 2006
Crown Hill (Seattle)     NONE! Gypsy moths "disappeared?" Details...
Kent Commons(Kent)
   
42  

Olympia                    6

Federal Way       
      4

Bangor
                     3


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