For immediate release: May 05, 2009
Posted by: [DNR]
Contact: Phil Marshall
Phone: (317) 232-4189

No gypsy moth treatment this week

Weather delays aerial treatments in Allen and LaPorte counties

The gypsy moth aerial treatment originally slated for portions of Allen and LaPorte counties this week will be delayed until next week because of unfavorable weather and lack of leaf development in area trees.

The treatments will be done at the earliest possible date when tree leaves are large enough to intercept the treatment material and weather is favorable. Dry conditions with little wind are ideal.

Maps of the treatment sites and further information about gypsy moths and the scheduled aerial treatments may be found on the DNR Entomology Web site at gypsymoth.IN.gov.

In Indiana this treatment program, conducted by the DNR Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology, has kept gypsy moths in check and confined mainly to the northeastern part of the state for more than 25 years. This invasive pest species, originally from Europe, can attack more than 500 kinds of plants, primarily oak trees.

Those with questions may call the DNR, toll-free at 1-866-NO EXOTIC (1-866-663-9684) beginning at 5:30 a.m. on days treatments are scheduled; or 1-877-INFO DNR (1-877-463-6367), between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  People may also contact their Purdue county extension office for information at 1-888- EXT- INFO (1-888-398-4636).

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