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West Lafayette gypsy moth treatment done; more sites this week
Start Date: 5/9/2017
Event Description:
Aerial treatments to slow the spread of gypsy moths will continue this week.

The West Lafayette site was completed on Sunday, May 7.

Other site treatments scheduled to start May 8 in Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, Porter and Whitley counties have been delayed because of rain. Treatments have been rescheduled to Thursday, May 11. These treatments could again be delayed for weather.

Three sites in Kosciusko County and one site in Porter County will receive two treatments, spaced four to 10 days apart. All other sites will receive one treatment.

Detailed maps of the treatment sites can be found at gypsymoth.IN.gov.

During treatments, people will see a yellow airplane flying 75-125 feet above the treetops, starting at sunrise and continuing through the day as long as weather and flight schedules permit. With favorable weather, treatments should be completed by late morning or early afternoon.

The airplanes distribute a spray containing the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki, often referred to as Btk, into the treetops of infested areas where gypsy moth caterpillars feed. Btk occurs naturally in soil. Btk kills gypsy moth caterpillars as they feed on tree leaves by disrupting their digestive systems.

Btk has been used for decades by organic gardeners and has an excellent safety record with people and animals. People who live or work near the treatment areas might choose to take common-sense precautions, including staying inside when the planes are flying, and for about 30 minutes after treatments are complete. This gives the material time to settle out of the air and adhere to treetops.

Additional treatments to slow the spread of gypsy moth are planned for mid to late June in Fulton, Kosciusko, Miami, Porter and Wabash counties.

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).

To determine if your property is in the treatment areas and for more information about gypsy moth, see gypsymoth.IN.gov.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.
Contact Information:
Name: Megan Abraham
Phone: (317) 232-4189
Email: mabraham@dnr.IN.gov
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