For immediate release: May 19, 2009
Posted by: [DNR]
Contact: Marty Benson
Phone: (317) 233-3853

One site remains for Allen County gypsy moth treatment

The Indiana DNR gypsy moth aerial treatments in Allen County were stopped today because wind conditions exceeded operational guidelines. One site, Smith Field, remains and will be treated tomorrow morning. DNR expects weather conditions will allow completion of the treatment, but if theweather changes, the treatment will be rescheduled to the next favorable day.

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.

The Gypsy Moth Program in Indiana, conducted by the DNR Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology, has been very successful in keeping gypsy moths in check and confining the tree-killing insect mainly to the northeastern part of the state for more than 25 years. This invasive pest species, originally from Europe, attacks more than 500 kinds of plants but prefers 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 also may contact their Purdue county extension office for information at 1-888- EXT- INFO (1-888-398-4636).

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