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Local city to receive gypsy moth treatment

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2014

It may be unpleasant, but another sign of Spring is the State’s plan for treating the gypsy moth.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will hold a series of public information meetings beginning next week to explain its treatment program. Locally, a meeting will be held in Oglesby Public Library April 10 starting at 3pm.  The IDOA intends to treat 38,000 trees for the destructive pest at 10 sites including La Salle. A pheromone which prevents the male gypsy moth from locating the female will be applied by airplane.

The gypsy moth is non-native and feasts on as many as 250 species of trees and shrubs, though it prefers oak leaves. Large populations can strip plants bare making them vulnerable to disease and other insects. Maps of the treatment sites are on the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s home page.

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