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GYPSY MOTH APPLICATION
The Illinois Department of Agriculture has begun aerial applications today for gypsy moth infestations in LaSalle and Putnam counties.
Planes will release non-toxic pheromone flakes to prevent adult male gypsy moths from mating with females.
Two application dates are planned to avoid weekend visitors to Starved Rock State Park.
The other application will be around 7:00 a.m. Monday, June 27 in urban areas and state parks.
Anyone with questions can call the department at (815) 787-5476.
The agriculture department and U.S. Forest Service will treat about 25,000 acres in LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Utica, Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks, and the surrounding area.
Gypsy moths eat foliage of trees and shrubs and large populations are capable of stripping plants bare. They obtained their name because the female moth cannot fly and typically lays her eggs on objects near where she hatched, including on campers, grills and backpacks. When these items are moved, the eggs ride along like nomadic gypsies.