For immediate release: Apr 27, 2010
Posted by: [DNR]
Contact: Marty Benson
Phone: (317) 233-3853

Allen and Kosciusko counties gypsy moth treatment rescheduled

Weather could cause postponement

In a change to a previous news release that was sent earlier today, gypsy moth aerial treatments in Allen and Kosciusko counties are scheduled to take place tomorrow and Thursday.

Leaf development the two counties has reached sufficient levels for the initial gypsy moth aerial treatment of the spring to be completed.  If the weather is favorable, Kosciusko County and the "Aboite 1" block in Allen County, located on the west side of I-69 between Indiana 14 and U.S. Highway 24 will be treated tomorrow, Wednesday April 28.  The rest of Allen County is scheduled to be treated on Thursday, April 29, as weather permits.

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 second round of the two-step process is scheduled for 4-10 days when weather is favorable for both counties. Both will be done on the same day if conditions permitted. Dry weather with little wind is ideal.

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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