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Gypsy moth spraying set for Wednesday

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ANN MARIE AMES
May 4, 2010
— If the weather cooperates, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will spray for gypsy moths Wednesday morning in Beloit.

But work likely will be done before most people get out of bed, said Colleen Robinson Klug, public information officer for the departmentís gypsy moth suppression program.


The DNR plans to spray a 3-square-mile area that includes downtown Beloit and another, smaller area that includes Big Hill Park north of the city in Beloit Township.


The spraying schedule changes daily based on weather patterns as well as insect and leaf development, Robinson Klug said.


Spraying will start at dawn, weather permitting, and should only take a couple hours, she said.


Gypsy moths are native to Europe and Asia, the DNR website states. The caterpillars feed on as many as 500 species of trees and shrubs and prefer oak trees. The caterpillars can strip trees and shrubs of their leaves. That makes the plants more susceptible to disease, other pests and extreme weather conditions.


TO LEARN MORE
To get updated gypsy moth spraying schedules, call 1-800-642-MOTH (6684) or visit gypsymoth.wi.gov to get on an e-mail list. Robinson Klug said she updates both information sources as soon as she gets new information.
Also at gypsymoth.wi.gov, find frequently asked questions, descriptions of the moth, and moth-control tips for property owners.

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