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Gypsy Moth Aerial Treatment in May and June

Post Date:05/03/2019 10:38 AM

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be conducting aerial treatments to control the Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) in and around the City of Findlay during the months of May and June 2019 as part of a state and federally sponsored suppression project.

The Gypsy Moth does its damage by defoliating the tree during its caterpillar life stage. A couple of years of defoliation and other environmental stresses can cause the trees to die. With over 300 species of trees and shrubs that can be affected, the Gypsy Moth is considered one of the most destructive insect pests currently threatening our forests and ornamental plants in Ohio. If left unchecked, Gypsy Moth infestations can grow quite rapidly. Therefore, it is vital to eliminate growing populations as soon as possible.

Notification letters were sent by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to all residents that will be affected by this treatment earlier this year. If you have any questions, please contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture by phone at 614-728-6400 from 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday, or by email at plantpest@agri.ohio.gov.

To see the full letter from the Ohio Department of Agriculture to the City of Findlay Mayor's Office dated January 14, 2019, and information on the treatments that will be used, click here.

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