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[DNR] Gypsy Moth Treatment Public Meetings, Jan. 31-Feb. 8
Start Date: 1/4/2012
End Date: 1/4/2012
Entry Description

The DNR will conduct public meetings from Jan. 31-Feb. 8 for gypsy moth treatments proposed to take place in areas of Fulton, Kosciusko, Lake, and Porter counties.  The presence of the invasive gypsy moth insect, problems associated with infestations, and methods for dealing with the insect will be discussed.
 
Meeting locations and times follow.

Fulton County - site names – Rochester North 12, Rochester Northwest 12, Rochester South 12.
Wed. Feb. 1 @ 6:00 p.m. EST
Fulton County Library, Rochester Branch
320 West 7th Street
Rochester, IN

Kosciusko County – site name - 150 West 12
Thu. Feb. 2 @ 6:00 p.m. EST
Warsaw Public Library
310 East Main Street
Warsaw, IN

Lake County - site names – Briar Ridge 12, Indianapolis Blvd 12, Oak Savannah 12
Tue. Feb. 7 @ 6:30 p.m. CST
Lake County Public Library
1001 West Lincoln Highway
Schererville, IN

Wed. Feb 8  @ 6:30 p.m. CST
Lake County Public Library
100 North Main Street
Hobart, IN

Porter County – site name – Cobbs Corner 12
Tues. Jan. 31  @ 6:30 p.m. CST
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
234 West Division Road
Valparaiso, IN

While open to anyone, the meetings will be geared toward residents of the sites listed above that have been identified as having infestations.  Maps are available at gypsymoth.IN.gov.

At the meetings, personnel from the Entomology & Plant Pathology and Forestry divisions of the DNR will propose options for treatment. The representatives also will welcome questions and comments.
 
Written comments may be submitted to Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Gypsy Moth, Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, 402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN, 46204, or e-mailed to: DEPP@dnr.IN.gov. The comment period runs through Feb. 28, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Options for dealing with gypsy moth that will be discussed in detail at the meetings include:

- Taking no action,

- Using mass trapping, which involves setting a large number of traps in a concentrated area to capture male gypsy moths before they have a chance to locate and mate with females, or

- Using biological control, which involves the aerial application of the naturally occurring bacteria Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki), which eliminates gypsy moth larvae, or

- Using mating disruption, which involves the aerial application of the gypsy moth mating pheromone (or scent) that confuses male gypsy moths and prevents mating, or

- Using integrated pest management, which involves the combined use of the above options.

Those unable to attend one of the public meetings will find and may view the meeting's PowerPoint presentation, a copy of the meeting content text sheet, a series of question-and-answer documents, as well as maps of the exact sites of concern and further information about the gypsy moth at gypsymoth.IN.gov.

Location Information:
Fulton County

Kosciusko County

Lake County

Porter County
Contact Information:
Name: Phil Marshall
Phone: (317) 232-4189
Email: dnrnews@dnr.in.gov
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