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Gypsy Moth Control Efforts to Begin

Post Date:05/26/2009
Crystal Lake – Beginning May 28, 2009, the City of Crystal Lake, in cooperation with McHenry County, will be implementing gypsy moth control efforts throughout the City.

Gypsy moth infested sites will be treated by helicopter with an application of Bt.k., a naturally occurring bacteria used by gardeners as an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pesticides. A follow-up application will occur 7-10 days after the initial application. Actual application dates and times are subject to weather conditions.

The gypsy moth is a non-native leaf-eating insect that feasts on plants and shrubs. Gypsy moths are among the most destructive forest and landscape pests in the United States. In large populations, it is capable of stripping plants bare, leaving them vulnerable to secondary insect and disease attacks. Oak trees are the most vulnerable to gypsy moth devastation, but the caterpillars will feed on up to 500 other types of trees and shrubs if oak leaves are scarce.

Additional information regarding the gypsy moth control efforts is available at the City’s website, www.crystallake.org. Residents with questions regarding the program are asked to contact the City’s Streets Division at (815) 459-2020, extension 4019.
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