Gypsy Moth Spraying Program
Many Michigan residents have heard of the gypsy moth, though they many not know what the insect looks like. Gypsy moth is a notorious pest that feeds on the leaves of oaks, aspen and many other species of shade and forest trees.
Gypsy Moth Spraying Program Map
In May, 2012, the Gypsy Moth Spraying Program will be underway in targeted areas throughout the township (see accompanying map). The Township will have 393 acres of property sprayed this year.
The program area will be sprayed with a non-toxic biological agent called Bacillus thuringiensis or "Bt". Here are some of the most common questions about gypsy moths.
What does "Bt" do to gypsy moths?
Remember, the gypsy moth does its damage during the caterpillar stage, which is during mid-May to mid-June. If your trees are being defoliated later in the summer, it's caused by something other than gypsy moths.
Residents in spray areas need not remain indoors while spraying is underway and can safely go about their regular daily activities. As "B.t." is released into the air, it will descend upon trees and grounds in a light mist which will be barely discernible. Residents can expect to find dead caterpillar larvae in and around their yards upon completion of the insecticide application.
To learn more about the Gypsy Moth click here.