The Aerial Pesticide Being Sprayed On People - Checkmate LBAM-F & OLR-F

From the Product Warning Label:
"Keep out of reach of Children" "CAUTION"

"Potentially harmful if swallowed, absorbed through skin or inhaled. Causes moderate eye and skin irritation. Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing. Applicators should avoid breathing vapor or spray mist."

Checkmate is an untested biochemical made with a biodegradable microcapsulated polymer which degrades over a period of 30-70 days. Basically, it is a miniature volatile plastic ball filled with synthetic chemicals. With each aerial application of Checkmate, at the cost of over $3 million, over 30 billion miniature plastic clusters are released, mostly over populated areas.

From the Product Label:

DO NOT contaminate water, food, or feed by storage or



The name of the biochemical has two meanings.

  1. First, to check (stop) mating. Although there is no reliable evidence that it will check mating, for all we know, it could cause the moths to mutate and mate more.
  2. The second meaning of checkmate is a position in the game of Chess. This is a position when you have your opponent trapped, no matter what move they do, they cannot win - so they must resign and lose the game.

Ironically, it is not the moths who are in the position of checkmate, but rather the citizens of Monterey, and Santa Cruz Counties. These citizens must literally run, and escape, for the sake of their children from their own homes because a toxic cloud of government corruption is about to rain down upon them. It is these citizens who are in the position of checkmate. The difference here is that losing can mean a chronic disease, illness, and perhaps worse.

Checkmate Registration Date

This chemical, never ever tested for saftey or efficacy in its microcapsulated form was registered in California on July 27, 2007. The first aerial application was September 9th, 2007.

Checkmate has Lack of Efficacy

Checkmate has never been tested in its aerial form. That means this application of checkmate is equivalent to a pesticide experiment, were an untested biochemical is being sprayed on a large population of not just moth's, but people. What is of concern to me, is that if the government was truly interested in eradicating the moth, they would be using proven and tested technology, which in this case would be sticky traps and pheromone laced twist ties. All anti-moth technologies are designed for agricultural use only, it is unprecedented to use agricultural technology on a human population, especially since it has never been tested. If you read the entomologist reports, you will see that science and experience shows, that the LBAM can only be controlled and not eliminated - so why then expose people to dangerous chemicals, if the final outcome will be questionable at best?

Professional Entomologist: "The use of aerially applied Checkmate OLR-F or LBAM-F has never been tested for efficacy against LBAM. There has never been a successful eradication of a pest using any pheromone unilaterally." In other words, even if Checkmate worked, the pheromone would not eradicate the light brown apple moth.

EPA Document Regarding Pheromone Release: Checkmate is supposed to release a moth pheromone that confuses the male moths to prevent them from mating. The EPA's own document states that microcapsules cannot release pheromone's.

"Studies examining the volatilization of a pheromone from a microcapsule indicates that about 70 percent of the pheromone remains after 30 days. These results indicate the pheromone is released at a slower rate than anticipated. The studies show that only a small proportion of the microcapsules actually release any pheromone or only a portion of the total pheromone loaded into the capsule is capable of ever being released."

Source: Lepidopteran Pheromones: Tolerance Exemption
[Federal Register: August 30, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 168)]

Microcapsules = Particle Pollution

The California Department of Food and Agriculture believes it is spraying a "safe" microcapsulated formula containing 1000 micron sized capsule filled with "harmless" pheromones. The width of a human hair is approximately 75 microns. A preliminary microscope investigation has revealed that the larger capsules may contain miniature capsules, 3-4 microns in size. Another possibility is that the larger microcapsules, set to biodegrade over 30-70 days, may shrink in size over time, flake apart, or burst, and thus become much smaller than 1000 microns. (At this time, we still do not have a qualified analysis to determine the exact capsule size)

A sample micropasule system, which contains a water repelling membrane, within it, are small sphere's of active ingredient, which in this case would be synthetic moth pheromone.

Particle Pollution, A Real Threat to Human Health

The American Lung Association

According to the American Lung Association, particle pollution happens when synthetic particles of material, between 2.5 – 10 microns in size, are inhaled into the lungs.

The EPA defines particle pollution as “A mixture of mixtures.” Such polluting materials can be “completely liquid aerosols or solids suspended in liquid mixtures.” Furthermore, “Larger particles also come from other sources, including agricultural practices..” “[P]article pollution can trigger reactions ranging from coughing and wheezing to heart attacks and death. Because of their size, you can't see the individual particles.”

Source: American Lung Association - Particle Pollution

Well Documented Particle Pollution, Short and Long Term Negative Health Effects

Health effects from particle pollution depend less on the actual substance of the pollutant, and more on the actual size of the particle.

  • death from respiratory and cardiovascular causes, including strokes
  • increased numbers of heart attacks, especially among the elderly and in people with heart conditions;
  • inflammation of lung tissue in young, healthy adults;
  • increased hospitalization for cardiovascular disease, including strokes
  • increased emergency room visits for patients suffering from acute respiratory ailments;
  • increased hospitalization for asthma among children; and
  • increased severity of asthma attacks in children.

Year-round exposure to particle pollution has also been linked to:

  • increased hospitalization for asthma attacks for children living within 200 meters (218 yards) of roads with heavy truck or trailer traffic;
  • slowed lung function growth in children and teenagers;
  • significant damage to the small airways of the lungs;
  • increased risk of dying from lung cancer; and
  • increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Source: American Lung Association - Particle Pollution

Checkmate Ingredients, Many without Proven Safety

October 20th, 2007, after one round of aerial spraying complete over the people of Monterey County, Governor Schwarzenegger released some of the Checkmate ingredients, "to the maximum extent possible under US trademark law," let's review some of these ingredients. These are not harmless chemicals, and many of them are considered active ingredients in other formulations.

Butylated hydroxytoluene
The Material Safety Data Sheet States:
"Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells. Mutagenic for bacteria and/or yeast" "The substance may be toxic to blood, liver, central nervous system(CNS). Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substances
can produce target organs damage."

Tricaprylmethyammonimum chloride
There is no information or documentation about this substance or how chronic exposure to it can effect human health. That means we cannot be certain that even small doses are safe.

"Dangerous for the environment. Harmful if swallowed. Irritating to respiratory system and skin. Risk of serious damage to eyes. Very toxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment. Target organ(s): Liver. Nerves."

This is a Xenochemical that binds to estrogen receptors not just in animals, but in humans. In other words, even in small doses, it signals people's bodies to take a specific biological action. Even small
doses could affect hormonal functions by causing the constant production of estrogen. Prolonged exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is the cause of breast cancer.

The Material Saftey Data Sheet of 2-hydroxy-4-n-octyloxybenzophenone


"This product is not biodegradable. Avoid releasing to the environment."


"Harmful. Dangerous for the environment. Harmful if swallowed. Irritating to skin. Risk of serious damage to eyes. May cause sensitization by skin contact. Very toxic to aquatic organisms."

Polyvinyl Alcohol
It is a white and water soluble, high molecular compound. It is not water soluble in ordinary organic solvents. It takes the form of white flakes and, when mixed as Polyvinyl Alcohol Slime, has excellent tensile strength.

Sodium Phosphate
Also called monobasic sodium phosphate. a white, crystalline, slightly hygroscopic, water-soluble powder, NaH2PO4, used chiefly in dyeing and in electroplating. Na2HPO4·xH2O, occurring as clear colorless crystals, is used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes, fertilizers, detergents, and pharmaceuticals.

Checkmate Pheromone. Ingredients

"Pheromones are volatile chemicals produced by a given species to communicate with other individuals of the same species to change their behavior." - EPA

The LBAM-F synthetic pheromones are made with:

(E)-11-Tetradecen-l-yl Acetate
(E,E)-9, 11-Tetradecadien-l-yl Acetate

A recent moth analysis of Santa Cruz and Monterey County Moth's shows that many species of moth's produce a similar pheromone and would be effected by these synthetic chemicals. Whatever these volatile chemicals are, do you want them implanted directly into your bloodstream or lungs via the microcapsule delivery system?

Read a toxicologist report to learn more about the concerns of pheromone use.

Other Monterey County Moth's Mating Habits Will Be Affected

In Monterey County, 13 identified moth species use (E)-11-Tetradecen-l-yl Acetate, pheromone, identified as E11-14Ac. So it is not true that other species are not affected.

"I recently researched the pheromone of 942 Monterey County moth species. 863 of the Species of 413 Genus that is (92%) of the moths, the pheromone compounds are unknown." - Moth Pheromone Report

Unknowns, Isomate and Microfake

Checkmate aerial applications also contain two other approved chemical mixtures:

Disrupt Micro-flake LBAM Mating Disruption Flake &
Isomate LBAM Plus Pheromone - Hanging Dispenser

Source: EPA Emergency Exemption

What these are, or how or if they are used, is completely unknown.

Chemical Inhalation Toxicity

An EPA study shows that inhalation toxicity is far different from skin or mouth toxicity. In other words, if all the inert ingredients are not tested safe for inhalation, skin, and mouth toxicity, then we cannot assume that they are safe.

US EPA scientists Whalan & Pettigrew (1998) illustrated this problem with the observation that two organophosphate insecticides - mevinphos and methyl parathion - are equally toxic by the oral route but, when inhaled, mevinphos is 130 times more toxic than parathion.

Because absorption across the respiratory mucosa tends to be far greater and more rapid than by oral and dermal routes, inhalation exposure estimates based on other routes will most likely underestimate the hazard, even as much as several orders of magnitude. The danger lies in not knowing the extent of the error.

Source: Page 19 of PAD Report

Lower Doses of Chemicals Are Sometimes More Toxic Than Higher Doses

In a scientific review of aerial spray of a populated area for the Painted Apple Moth in New Zealand, Toxicologist Meriel Watts, PhD concludes:

"The conclusion to be reached from these findings is that exposure to low doses of pesticides, such as may typify the West Auckland experience, may be more damaging to health than the higher doses used in laboratories to determine the supposed level of safety."

Source: Page 20 of PAD Report

Pesticides Can Alter Human Hormones

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Radboud University
Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Chemical Endocrinology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre,
The Netherlands

"Some pesticides may interfere with the female hormonal function,
which may lead to negative effects on the reproductive system through
disruption of the hormonal balance necessary for proper functioning.
Previous studies primarily focused on interference with the estrogen
and/or androgen receptor, but the hormonal function may be disrupted
in many more ways through pesticide exposure."

"Although a substantial amount of research has been conducted to
associate occupational exposure to pesticides with fertility problems
in men [1-4], studies among women are scarce."