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Public Meetings to Discuss Gypsy Moth Treatments
Indiana Ag Connection - 01/11/2019

The DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology is hosting several public meetings this month to discuss proposed gypsy moth treatments. Gypsy moth is an invasive insect that can cause tree defoliation and mortality.

The meetings will be in Porter, LaPorte, Fulton, Wabash and Wayne counties. The first meeting is scheduled for Jan. 15, and the last is Jan. 29.

The presence of the invasive gypsy moth insect, problems associated with infestations, and methods for dealing with the insect will be discussed.

While open to anyone, the meetings will be geared toward residents of the sites listed below. Those sites have been identified as having infestations. Maps of infested areas can be viewed at

At the meetings, DNR personnel will propose options for treatment and be available for questions and comments.

Meeting locations and times are:

Wabash County -- Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. ET Blocher Community Room, North Manchester Public Library, 405 N. Market St., North Manchester

LaPorte County -- Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. CT Union Mills Conservation Club, 100 Mill Pond Rd., Union Mills

Porter County -- Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. CT Union Mills Conservation Club, 100 Mill Pond Rd., Union Mills

Fulton/Marshall Counties- Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. ET Meeting Room A: Fulton County Public Library/ Rochester Branch, 320 W. 7th St., Rochester

Wayne County - Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET Cope Environmental Center, 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville

Written comments may be submitted to Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Gypsy Moth, Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, 402 W. Washington St., Room W290, Indianapolis, IN, 46204, or emailed to: Comments may be submitted through March 11.

Options for dealing with gypsy moth that will be discussed in detail at the meetings include:

- Taking no action.

- Using mass trapping, which involves setting a large number of traps in a concentrated area to capture male gypsy moths before they have a chance to locate and mate with females.

- Using biological control, which involves the aerial application of the naturally occurring bacteria Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki), which eliminates gypsy moth larvae.

- Using mating disruption, which involves the aerial application of the gypsy moth mating pheromone (or scent) that confuses male gypsy moths and prevents mating.

- Using integrated pest management, which involves the combined use of the above options.

Those unable to attend one of the public meetings may view the meeting's PowerPoint presentation, a series of question and answer documents, as well as maps of the exact sites of concern at

For more information, call 1-866-NO-EXOTIC (663-9684) or call the local county extension office at 1-888-EXT-INFO (1-888-398-4636).

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