Gypsy moth aerial treatments were for 2010 were completed for Allen and Kosciusko counties this morning. Remaining aerial treatments will occur in Huntington, Wabash, Marshall and Lake counties and are scheduled to start the week of June 14. Weather and other factors may delay treatment to the week of June 21 or 28.
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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