NCDA&CS treats gypsy moth infestation in Warren
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently treated a gypsy moth infestation in Warren County. The treatment of 502 acres was conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Foundation Inc.
Gypsy moths feed on the leaves of more than 300 species of trees and shrubs, predominantly hardwoods. When areas become heavily infested, trees may be completely stripped of foliage, leaving yard trees and entire forests more susceptible to attacks from other pests. Severe infestations often lead to tree death.
Gypsy moth caterpillars can also pose public health concerns for people with respiratory problems. In high-density gypsy moth populations, the caterpillar hairs and droppings may cause severe allergic reactions.
NCDA&CS has addressed spot introductions of the gypsy moth across North Carolina since the 1970s. The department is working with eight other states through the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Foundation Inc. and with other state and federal agencies to reduce the expansion of the gypsy moth into uninfested areas of the state.
A public hearing was held in February to receive input from landowners inside and within about 3,300 feet of the treatment block.
For more information, including maps and a description of the area treated, go to www.ncagr.com/plantindustry/plant/entomology/GM.htm or contact NCDA&CS toll free at (800) 206-9333.