Lakewood Twp to See Summer Gypsy Moth Spraying

Posted at: 03/01/2013 10:13 PM
Updated at: 03/02/2013 9:32 AM
By: Dayna Landgrebe

A plan of attack is being announced on the invasive gypsy moth problem in Northeastern Minnesota.

On Friday night, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture held a public information session to share their game plan on stopping the spread of the invasive, destructive species.

Lucia Hunt with the Department of Agriculture said aerial treatments will start in mid-July over Lakewood Township. She said the North Shore has been tracked as a trouble spot in recent years.

"Just in the last couple of years, they've really gotten a hold of Lake and Cook counties, and are moving westward. They're being pressured from the populations east in Wisconsin and Michigan and moving toward Minnesota," Hunt said.

Ranked among America's most destructive tree pests, the gypsy moths have caused millions of dollars in damage to forests. However, Hunt said the Agriculture Department's treatments will only destroy the mating process, not the moths themselves.

"It'll block the males from meeting females. They don't kill the moths, but only prevent baby moths," Hunt said.

Hunt said residents also play a role in helping to stop the spread.

"One of the best way to move gypsy moth and invasive species is with people. We move them on our firewood, on our outdoor fire equipment. So we're really asking citizens to check their outdoor times before they move them. Just to make sure that no gypsy moth egg masses are moving with them," Hunt said.

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