Aerial treatments to disrupt the mating process of gypsy moths in parts of Marshall, Huntington and Wabash counties for this year were successfully conducted and completed today.
Treatment began in the early morning, paused late morning to allow for showers to pass, resumed mid-afternoon and was completed late in the afternoon. One or two application aircraft, and one observation aircraft monitoring the treatment aircraft for safety applied the pheromone droplets that release the scent of the female gypsy moth, thereby confusing the male moths so they cannot find females to mate.
DNR ground observers within the treatment sites monitored the application and answered residents' questions as aircraft flew over. DNR will survey the site with gypsy moth traps later this year to evaluate the treatment's success.
Information on gypsy moths and the treatments is at gypsymoth.IN.gov
For more information, call toll-free, 1-877-INFO DNR (463-6367)
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