FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2009
Matt Andresen, gypsy moth program manager
NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division
(919) 733-6930, ext. 247
NCDA&CS sets 2009 public meetings on gypsy moth treatments
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking input from residents in Currituck, Dare, Granville and Warren counties concerning treatment options for the non-native and highly destructive gypsy moth.
Field monitoring conducted last year by NCDA&CS found that reproducing populations of the gypsy moth in these counties and represent a threat to hardwoods. Options for dealing with gypsy moth infestations include aerial spraying of biological pesticides and aerial applications of pheromone flakes. Trapping grids are used to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments.
The following meetings are scheduled:
-- Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., Currituck County Cooperative Extension Center, 120 Community Way, Barco. This meeting is for the proposed treatment areas near, or associated with, the Carova and Corolla areas in Currituck County.
-- Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the multipurpose room at Northside Elementary School, 164 Elementary Drive, Norlina. This meeting is for the proposed treatment area near, or associated with, the Warren County site north of Wise.
-- Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., Oxford Tobacco Research Station, 300 Providence Road in Oxford. The meeting room is located on the first floor of the Moss Building. This meeting is for the proposed treatment area near, or associated with, the Granville County site north of Oxford.
-- Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., Kitty Hawk Elementary School, 16 South Dogwood Trail, Kitty Hawk. This meeting is for the proposed treatment area near, or associated with, the Kitty Hawk area in Currituck County.
Residents in or near proposed treatment areas have been sent notices by mail, but anyone is welcome to attend the public meetings.
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 uninfected areas of North Carolina.
Gypsy moths feed on the leaves of hundreds of plant species, predominantly hardwoods. In heavily infested areas, trees may be completely stripped of foliage, leaving entire forests more susceptible to attacks from other pests.