By The Associated Press

UKIAH, Calif. (AP) -- An invasive grape-eating moth has been detected for the first time in Mendocino County.

County agricultural officials say 13 European grapevine moths were trapped on a vineyard growing chardonnay grapes in Ukiah this week. They are suspected of having come over on winegrapes from Napa County, where they have prompted a widespread quarantine.

County Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar said the moths were found near a winery that had transported fruit from Napa County.

Officials are using pesticides to try to destroy the moth larvae and say the area will likely be quarantined in the next few weeks.

Linegar said he is hoping to confine the infestation to the one vineyard.

The pest was discovered last September after a swarm consumed an entire 9-acre vineyard of prized Napa grapes.


Information from: The Press Democrat,

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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