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Gypsy Moth Eradication Scheduled for Mid-May

Post Date:04/15/2019 3:25 PM

Gypsy Moth eradication has been scheduled to take place on in Joliet for Mid-May weather permitting. The eradication is performed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA) using a helicopter and should be complete within four hours from the start time.

These eradication measures are necessary in order to slow the spread of the Gypsy Moth in the United States and Illinois. The Gypsy Moth is a voracious eater and can do irreparable damage to young trees in its caterpillar stage of life. For more information about the Gypsy Moth and pest management strategies, please visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Insects/Pests/Pages/gypsy-moth.aspx.

Nancy Johnson from Illinois Department of Agriculture will give a presentation during the April 16, 2019 Council Meeting in regards to the scheduled Gypsy Moth Eradication.

This area to be treated for an infestation of European Gypsy Moths with Btk. Btk is a bacterial insecticide that occurs naturally, it is cultured by fermenting grains. The area will be treated mid-May, weather permitting with retreatment 7-10 days later. The Btk will be sprayed from low flying helicopters.

Residents with questions or concerns about the eradication can call the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 815-787-5476.