State Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services to treat spongy moth infestations in Watauga – Watauga Democrat

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WATAUGA — The N.C. Division of Agriculture and Shopper Providers will quickly start deal withing for spongy moth infestations in a quantity of areas throughout the state. Remedys will start as early as June 1 and run by way of June 16. Spongy moth is the entomological group’s agreed upon identify for the insect previously Usually acknowledged As a Outcome of the gypsy moth.

The areas to be deal withed embrace Alleghany, Camden, Casproperly, Currituck, Dare, Rockingham, Surry, Vance and Watauga counties.

“We now have An complete of 11 blocks and 16,957 acres to deal with,” said Paul Adams, NCDA&CS regulatory entomologist. “Work Shall start in Currituck, Dare and Camden counties. Vance, Casproperly, Rockingham and Surry counties Shall be Inside The subsequent few days after that. Remedy of Watauga and Alleghany counties (is) anticipated to be June 13, including or subtracting A pair of days to cowl potential climate delays.”

Earlier to regular spongy moth mating durations, low-altitude fixed-wing plane will disperse SPLAT Gypsy Moth-Pure infused with the naturally occurring spongy moth pheromone.

The presence of the pheromone makes male spongy moths unable to Adjust to the natural pheromone scent trails launched by the females, reducing mating success and reducing spongy moth populations. The pheromone Isn’t dangerous to people, animals or crops, And it will not have an effect on completely different insect species, Adams said.

Spongy moths feed on the leaves of Greater than 300 completely different species of timber and shrubs, predominantly oaks and hardwoods. When areas Discover your self to be closely infested, timber Might Even be utterly stripped of foliage, leaving yard timber And full forests extra weak to assaults from completely different pests. Extreme infestations typically Finish in tree demise. Spongy moth caterpillars Can additionally pose public well being considerations for Individuals with respiratory factors. In areas with extreme-density populations of this pest, the caterpillar hairs and droppings might set off severe allergic reactions.

NCDA&CS has addressed spot introductions of the spongy moth throughout North Carolina As a Outcome of the Nineteen Seventies. The deal withment Shall be carried out in cooperation with the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Forest Service.

Householders Inside the deal withment areas have been notified about these infestations As properly as to deal withment decisions in January. NCDA&CS has obtained public suggestions from residents Inside the deal withment areas.

For extra information, or to request deal withment notification by way of textual content material or e-mail, go to www.ncagr.gov/GypsyMoths/deal with or contact NCDA&CS toll free at 800-206-9333.

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