County agricultural officials have expanded the boundaries of a light brown apple moth quarantine to include portions of Morro Bay.
The area of the quarantine now extends from Cayucos to just south of Highway 41 in Morro Bay and up to two square miles inland. It restricts the movement of certain plants, fruits and vegetables, green waste and other materials.
The moths in Morro Bay were detected as part of the county’s ongoing pest detection program. The county urges the public in Morro Bay and the North Coast to contact the department at 781-5910 before moving plants outside the quarantine area and to only purchase plants from local nurseries.
The light brown apple moth can damage more than 2,000 species of plants. In its caterpillar stage, the insect can destroy or damage seedlings, ornamental plants and a variety of crops.