Gypsy Moth Aerial Spraying
As shared with you in February 2016, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will conduct aerial spraying in mid-May (larvicide) and mid-June (mating discruption), subject to weather conditions, in an effort to help suppress the gypsy moth, which is destructive to more than 300 species of trees and shrubs. It is considered one of the most destructive insect pests in Ohio, threatening our forests and ornamental plants.
Aircraft flown approximately 100-200 feet above the tree tops will deliver applications. Treatments will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the Ohio Department of Agriculture will post signs around the treatment areas by 5 p.m. the day before. Individuals may wish to remain indoors, but there is no requirement to do so.