Aerial spraying for gypsy moths done for this year

Aerial treatments to disrupt the mating process of gypsy moths in Huntington and Marshall counties were completed on June 24. This completes aerial gypsy moth treatments in Indiana for 2020.

This year’s mating disruption treatments were done with an aerial application of SPLAT GM-Organic.

SPLAT is a liquid that carries the scent of the female gypsy moth and falsely indicates an abundance of females in the treated area. The males are unable to find a female, fail to mate and no offspring is produced.

The application poses no health threat to people, pets, livestock or other animals. Promptly washing vehicles with soap and water will remove the product.

Gypsy moth is one of North America’s most devastating invasive forest pests. It was brought to this country from Europe in the 1860s. It is one of North America’s most devastating invasive forest pests, capable of defoliating three million acres of forest a year. Most trees in Indiana’s urban and natural forests are susceptible to gypsy moth damage. The insect is a threat to wildlife habitat and the timber industry.

For more information, call 866-NO-EXOTIC (663-9684) or call the local county extension office at 888-EXT-INFO (888-398-4636). Follow the Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology on Twitter @INdnrinvasive.

Detailed maps of the treatment sites are at gyp symoth.IN.gov.