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Gypsy Moth Treatment Public Meetings, Huntington, Marshall and Porter counties
Start Date: 1/29/2020Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 1/29/2020End Time: 7:00 PM
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Event Description:
DNR’s Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology is hosting several public meetings in Huntington, Marshall and Porter counties to discuss proposed gypsy moth treatments. Gypsy moth is an invasive insect that can cause tree defoliation and mortality.

The first meeting is scheduled for Jan. 29 and the last for Feb. 5.

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 are:

Huntington County – area names: Huntington MD 20 and Huntington Btk 20
Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. ET Huntington City/Township Public Library
255 West Park Drive, Huntington

Marshall County – area name: Green Twp MD 20
Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. ET Argos Public Library
142 N. Michigan Street, Argos

Porter County – area name: Westville Btk 20
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. CT Valparaiso Public Library
103 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso

While open to anyone, the meetings will be geared toward residents of the areas listed above, which have been identified as having infestations.

At the meetings, personnel from the Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology will propose options for treatment. The representatives will welcome questions and comments.

Written comments may be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Gypsy Moth, Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, 402 W. Washington St., Room W290, Indianapolis, IN, 46204, or emailed to: DEPP@dnr.IN.gov. Comments may be submitted until Friday, March 6, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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 may view the meeting's PowerPoint presentation, a series of question-and-answer documents, as well as maps of the exact sites of concern and further information at gypsymoth.IN.gov.

For more information, call 1-866-NO-EXOTIC (663-9684) or call the local county extension office at 1-888-EXT-INFO (1-888-398-4636).
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Contact Information:
Name: Megan Abraham, Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Phone: 317-232-4189
Email: mabraham@dnr.IN.gov
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