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To spray or not to spray? By Tamara Hayler. Ever since the painted apple moth arrived in New Zealand, it has started to take over our native forestry. MAF had an idea to spray over thousands of hectares to kill the apple moth caterpillars, but there must be a better solution!

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to spray or not to spray by tamara hayler

To spray or not to spray?By Tamara Hayler

Ever since the painted apple moth arrived in New Zealand, it has started to take over our native forestry.

MAF had an idea to spray over thousands of hectares to kill the apple moth caterpillars, but there must be a better solution!

Some people have been getting unhealthy reactions from the spray, so, does anyone care??

about the painted apple moth
About the painted apple moth!

The painted apple moth is called PAM for short. It is damaging our native plants by living their lifestyle. It has been harassing the community and is causing a lot of arguments over the years. MAF has arranged an idea for getting rid of the moth, and that is aerial spraying. Aerial spraying is spraying over a large area, it is also spreading over houses, which is making people sick. The moth is still here so therefor the spray doesn’t work, and it doesn’t meet my standards! The moth produces up to 700 eggs! They are also an Australian native. It was first found in New Zealand in the suburb of Gleneden in west Auckland in May 1999. newly hatched can produce silky threads that enable them to “ride the wind” and travel up to 200 metres! The male moths can fly but the females are flightless, so the female is more likely to get caught than the male. It’s thought that the moth might have come to New Zealand on or in a shipping container.

my opinion
my opinion!

I’m personally strongly against spraying!

There are other alternatives than to spray. Like, finding what attracts them, capturing them when we see one, and also even the possibility to leave them. If you want to spray, don’t people come first other than plants!!! Thousands of money is going out the door without the spray hardly even working!! You’re wasting money!! So MAF and the political ministry need to come together and form a better and more affordable plan. Hannah, a 12 year old, had this to say….. “they made a great decision to act against the moth, but aerial spraying wasn’t the best choice, after all that’s happened with people getting sick.”

Eleven year old Jacob also had this to say: “I don’t like the spray. MAF won’t tell us what was in it. I also don’t think it’s working because they’re still finding caterpillars alive in the spray zone. They say the spray is harmless, but I don’t agree with that because MAF evacuates more than 100 people every time they spray.”

Plus a member of a community action group had this to say: “people are experiencing asthma, headaches, respiratory problems, diarrhoea, nausea and bleeding noses because of this spray! No long-term health studies on the effects of this spray have ever been done!”

So with all this, why spray?

There is a possibility that even the spray is damaging our plants too, if it’s not applied correctly.

So it’s the caterpillars and the spray doing the damage. Why can’t we capture a female, do some tests on it, and find out what attracts them, as the females can’t fly, we should have an advantage.

We should think before we spray!

some other opinions
some other opinions!
  • The spray has not been working, so they need to improve it.
  • People have been having to leave their homes due to the spraying.
  • Some of the people that didn’t leave their homes while the spray was being spread, got sick, and MAF needs to improve that problem.
  • Some people argue that the spray is the best product to kill the pest! But if it is such a great spray, why are there still painted apple moths around.
  • As the painted apple moth eats and lives it’s life on our native plants, the spray effects our plants as well if it’s not applied properly. If the painted apple moth is eating our plants can’t they grow back? But if the spray effects them, it will damage the routs and kill the plant all together!
  • The other side:
  • That there is no other way to reach the moth high in the canopy trees, than aerial spraying. But still they could do it directly on the trees they don’t need to do it over the houses as well.
  • The spray should keep going until they eradicate PAM. Well that’s easy to say but, the spray will take years, and instead they should improve the spray, and only spray the trees. Not the houses!
  • The spray is not toxic, some people just think they’re sick and they get it into their mind and then it makes them fell sick. Try to think of it this way, do you really think that everyone puts it in their mind? Well it has got more serious than just feeling a bit sick and what-not, it has got as serious as people in hospital and people getting close to dying so is that in their minds.
conclusion
Conclusion!

As you have read this,

have you decided to spray or not to spray,

because if you haven’t I’ll recap:

The spray isn’t harming the caterpillars much,

it’s getting to the plants and people,

Making them become unhealthy,

Is it people over plants. People or plants?