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2014-05-22 12:23:03

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The cool, wet weather of spring 2013 has emerged as a strong ally of state woodland managers as they prepare to combat remnants of a statewide gypsy moth population that had been posed for a heavy outbreak across much of the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said today. "Heavy defoliation in some areas last spring left our forest pest management experts bracing for increased statewide spraying...

2013-06-20 23:23:35

Gypsy Moth is staging a comeback. The BugBarrier Tree Band® helps slow the spread. Victor, NY (PRWEB) June 20, 2013 Gypsy Moths are making a comeback with a vengeance. This is causing municipalities to take drastic measures. Counties in Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Washington, and Oregon have begun aerial spraying trees with Bacillus Thuringiensis in an effort to control the spread of these destructive pests. To help increase the...

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2011-09-09 07:19:47

  Gypsy moth caterpillars infected with baculovirus forfeit safety and stay in the treetops during the day because a virus gene manipulates their hormones to eat continuously and forego molting, according to entomologists. The caterpillars die where they climb and infect other gypsy moth caterpillars. "Normally, gypsy moth caterpillars are active at night," said Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology, Penn State. "They hide during the day in the soil or bark crevices protected from...

2011-04-28 06:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- May is National Moving Month, and if you are one of the estimated 40 million people who move in a given year, there is one more critical thing you can do before closing the moving-van door. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110428/CG89823LOGO) Don't make a move until you check for the gypsy moth. The federal government is joining with the moving industry to urge those planning to relocate to help stop the spread of this invasive...

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2010-06-11 07:29:41

If you live in a section of the country where gypsy moths are a relatively new menace, have no fear, help is not far behind. Cornell University entomologist Ann Hajek told a national conference earlier this month that when the gypsy moth "“ whose caterpillars have defoliated entire forests "“ started spreading westward more than 100 years ago from New England to Wisconsin, its fungal and viral pathogens followed close behind. "We were pretty surprised," Hajek says. "No one knew...

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2010-04-28 11:33:40

The gypsy moth, a highly destructive insect that has damaged millions of acres of forests and urban landscapes, continues to slowly spread throughout the country despite the use of safer, more effective pesticides, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Correspondent Stephen K. Ritter notes that the gypsy moth has been plaguing the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada for more than a century. The leaf-munching...

2009-08-06 12:18:00

State Game Lands escape nasty infestations; should be all right for several years HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was written by Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission: Heading into this past spring, it appeared stands of oaks on many Pennsylvania Game Commission State Game Lands were going to be hit hard by gypsy moth caterpillars. Limited funding for spraying from state agencies and municipalities had...

2009-04-27 09:00:00

Insect Pest Decline in South-central Counties; Strong in Northeast, Central Forests HARRISBURG, Pa., April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Preparing for a spring that may bring declining gypsy moth infestations in some counties and stronger populations in others, the state Bureau of Forestry will target 25 counties in its aerial spraying effort to suppress the woodland insect pest. Gypsy moth numbers are at levels that require 178,382 acres of woodlands be sprayed in the south-central,...

2009-04-15 11:07:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to protect wildlife habitat, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced they have scheduled gypsy moth spraying for 22,113 acres of its more than 1.4 million-acre State Game Lands (SGLs) system. Spraying will cover 17 different SGLs in late April to early May, as soon as leaf-out occurs and gypsy moth egg masses hatch. In 2008, the agency contracted to spray 42,731 acres of 38 SGLs. "Those participating in spring...


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2005-09-08 09:57:58

The gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, is a moth of European origin. Life cycle Gypsy moth egg masses are laid on branches and trunks of trees, however egg masses may be found in any sheltered location. Egg masses are buff colored when first laid but may bleach out over the winter months when exposed to direct sunlight and weathering. The hatching of gypsy moth eggs coincides with budding of most hardwood trees. Larvae emerge from egg masses from early spring through mid-May. Larvae...

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