Residents of Gaines Charter Township:
We have received several reports of a resurgence of the Gypsy Moth in areas of the Township.
Gypsy moth caterpillars feed on the leaves of more than 300 species of trees, but they especially like Oak, Basswood, Aspen, Apple, Crabapple, and Willow trees. The presence of the caterpillars and the defoliation of trees can be quite distressing to both you and the tree.
Unfortunately, the window for doing a Township wide aerial spraying for the moth has past. However, there are several steps that you as a property owner can take to combat an infestation.
Use this chart to identify the Gypsy Moth caterpillar.
The following brochures contain information that can be very useful for both prevention and combating an infestation:
- Gypsy Moth and Your Shade Tree
- Natural Enemies of Gypsy Moth: The GoodGuys!
- Pheromone Traps and the Gypsy Moth
- BT: One Option for Gypsy Moth Management
- Identifying & Managing Gypsy Moth Egg Masses
These brochures are published by Michigan State University Extension. For more information, visit www.msue.msu.edu.
Please watch this website for updates.