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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3, 2007


Contact: Dr. Lane Kreitlow, entomologist
NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division
(919) 733-6930, ext. 237

NCDA&CS sets public meetings on gypsy moth treatments

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking input from residents in Caldwell, Caswell, Currituck, Forsyth, Gates, Granville, Halifax and Warren counties concerning treatment options against the highly destructive gypsy moth.

Gypsy moths feed on the leaves of hundreds of plant species, predominantly hardwoods. When areas become heavily infested, trees may be completely stripped of foliage, leaving entire forests more susceptible to attacks from other pests.

Field monitoring activities conducted by NCDA&CS last year determined that reproducing populations of the gypsy moth exist in these counties and represent a threat to hardwoods.

The following meetings planned for 7 p.m. are scheduled:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Halifax County Extension Service, 359 Ferrell Lane in Halifax. This meeting is for proposed treatment areas near or associated with the Halifax County site south of Weldon.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Historic Currituck County Courthouse, 153 Courthouse Road in Currituck. This meeting is for a proposed treatment area near or associated with Knotts Island.

  • Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Gates County Center, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, 112 Court St., Gatesville. This meeting is for a proposed treatment area near or associated with the Corapeake community.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Caldwell County Cooperative Extension Service, 120 Hospital Ave. in Lenoir. This meeting is for proposed treatment areas near or associated with the Caldwell County area of Granite Falls.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Jefferson Middle School, 3500 Sally Kirk Road in Winston-Salem. This meeting is for a proposed treatment area near or associated with a site around Leinbach Park in Forsyth County.

  • Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Piedmont Triad Visitors Center, 700 N.C. 700, Pelham. This meeting is for a proposed treatment area near or associated with the Caswell County towns of Ruffin and Brosville.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Granville County Cooperative Extension Service, 208 Wall St. in Oxford. This meeting is for a proposed treatment area near or associated with the Berea community.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Warren County Cooperative Extension Service, 239 U.S. 58 in Warrenton. This meeting is for a proposed treatment area near or associated with the town of Macon.

NCDA&CS has addressed spot introductions of the gypsy moth in several areas 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.

Options for dealing with gypsy moths include aerial spraying of biological pesticides and aerial applications of pheromone flakes. Trapping grids are used to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047