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The gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, is one of North America's most devastating invasive forest pests. The species originally evolved in Europe and Asia and has existed there for thousands of years. In the late 1860s, the European gypsy moth was accidentally introduced near Boston, MA by an amateur entomologist. Since then, gypsy moths have spread throughout the Northeast and into parts of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes states including Indiana.
The gypsy moth is known to feed on the foliage of hundreds of species of trees and shrubs in North America but prefers oak trees. When gypsy moth populations reach high levels, trees may be completely defoliated by feeding caterpillars. Several successive years of defoliation, along with contributions by other stress factors, often results in tree death. Gypsy moth can be an expensive, messy problem for homeowners and, when out of control, can cause extensive damage to U.S. forests.
Indiana citizens can help combat this pest by understanding the gypsy moth problem and learning about its management. Please use this website as a source of reliable, current information.
For information on proposed treatment sites in Indiana, contact:
Scott Kinzie, DNR Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology
402 West Washington Street, Room W290
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
Phone: (317)232-4120 Fax: (317-232-2649)
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We enjoy talking about gypsy moth and would like to answer your questions and hear your comments. The comment period on these proposed treatments begins Thursday, January 21, 2010, and ends Friday, February 19, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. (EST).
For more information on gypsy moth treatments contact the Purdue Entomology Gypsy Moth Education Program at (765)494-0822
|Allen||Aboite 1-7||Btk||Wednesday, January 27, 2010||2:00 PM & 6:00 PM (EST)||University of St. Francis, North Campus|
Former Abundant Life Tabernacle
2702 Spring Street, Ft. Wayne
|Lake||Hobart 1-4||Btk & MD||Thursday, January 21, 2010||3:30 PM & 6:00 PM (CST)||Lake County Public Library - Hobart Branch|
100 Main Street, Hobart
|Porter||Valparaiso||Tuesday, January 26, 2010||3:30 PM & 5:30 PM (CST)||Porter County Public Library|
103 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso
|Marshall||Tippecanoe 2010||MD||Tuesday, February 02, 2010||6:00 PM (EST)||Tippecanoe Twp. Fire Station & Community Building|
18325 SR 331, Tippecanoe
|Kosciusko||Leesburg 1-8||Btk||Monday, February 01, 2010||6:00 PM (EST)||Warsaw Community Public Library|
310 E Main Street, Warsaw
|Lagro 1-5||MD||Thursday, January 28, 2010||6:00 PM (EST)||Salamonie Reservoir Interpretive Center|
9214 Lostbridge West, Andrews