The DNR will conduct public meetings in Allen, Kosciusko and LaPorte counties from Jan. 20-28, to discuss the presence of the invasive gypsy moth insect, problems associated with infestations, and methods for dealing with the insect.
Meeting locations and times follow. All times are EST, except where indicated.:
Jan. 20 @ 6 p.m.
University of St. Francis, North Campus
Former Abundant Life Tabernacle
2702 Spring St.
Fort Wayne, IN. 46808
Jan. 21 @ 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
St. Joseph Township Hall/Fire Station
6033 Maplecrest Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Jan. 24 @ 3 p.m. and
Jan. 26 @ 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Warsaw Public Library
Meeting Room C
310 E. Main St.
Warsaw, IN 46580
Jan. 28 @ 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. CST
LaPorte County Public Library
904 Indiana Ave.
LaPorte, IN 46350
While open to anyone, the meetings will be geared toward residents of the specific geographical areas listed below that have been identified as having infestations.
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 ends Thursday, Feb. 12, at 4 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 http://www.IN.gov/dnr/entomolo.
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