Low-flying planes in Janesville to spray gypsy moths

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Beth Wheelock
May 20, 2009

Low-flying planes over Janesville's Lustig Park Thursday morning shouldn't cause concern for residents. City Parks Director Tom Presny says the state is spraying the park to prevent gypsy moths.

Presny says an inert bacteria will be sprayed onto the gypsy moth caterpillars. If left to their own devices, the moths defoliate oak trees, slowly killing them. Presny says Lustig Park has an infestation of the moths in its oak trees.

The city advises residents in the area to stay inside during the spraying.

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