The male and female Gypsy Moth.
HARDIN COUNTY — In an effort to slow the spread of the destructive
Gypsy Moth, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will implement an aerial
treatment program across areas threatened by the insect.
moths are invasive insects that attack more than 300 different types of
trees and shrubs, with oak being the preferred species. In its
caterpillar stage, the moth feeds heavily on the leaves of trees and
shrubs limiting their ability to photosynthesize. A healthy tree can
usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently
damaged or dies.
Hardin County has been selected as a
"Slow-the-Spread" program region which occurs in counties in front of
the larger, advancing gypsy moth population. In these counties,
officials work to detect and control isolated populations in an effort
to slow the overall advancing gypsy moth infestation.
with questions who live near a treatment area will have the opportunity
to talk with experts at the open house on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8
p.m., at the OSU Extension Office, 1021 W. Lima St., Kenton. Citizens
can also visit http://agri.ohio.gov/divs/plant/gypsy/gypsy-index.aspx to
learn more about this pest and to view maps of the treatment areas.