A section of Allen and Whitley counties had been scheduled to undergo treatment for gypsy moths on Thursday, however not that could take place Wednesday according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Gypsy moths are pests that can defoliate forests at an alarming rate.
The DNR reports that the moths are capable of wiping out 30 million acres of forest a year, which is the equivalent of about 70 percent of Indianas’ forested acres.
The DNR expects treatment in Ohio to be finished Wednesday morning and then aircraft will treat the site on the Allen-Whitley county line in the afternoon. The site is labeled on treatment maps as Arcola.
Should weather delay the Wednesday treatment of Arcola, it will be treated on Thursday.
Successful application of the treatment depends on the absence of high wind or rain. The treatment will start in the early morning and continue until completed or stopped by weather
One or more low-flying airplanes will treat the sites with small flakes. The application poses no health threat to people, pets, livestock or other animals. Washing vehicles promptly with soap and water removes the flake.
The mating-disruption technique has been used in other states and in Indiana since 1999. It has proved effective where there is very low-level infestation and female moths are hard to find. The gypsy moth, which now has a foothold in some counties in northeast Indiana, was brought to this country from Europe more than 100 years ago, according to Phil Marshall, state entomologist.
“The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has successfully held back introductions of this pest throughout Indiana for more than 25 years,” Marshall said. “Now that the gypsy moth is within Indiana’s borders, however, residents can expect to see more of this pest throughout the next decade.”