The Ohio Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will conduct aerial spraying in mid-June (anticipated June 15 west of the Ohio State Columbus campus) to help suppress the spongy moth (formerly gypsy moth). Destructive to more than 300 species of trees and shrubs, the spongy moth is considered one of the most destructive insect pests in Ohio, threatening forests and ornamental plants.
Aircraft flown approximately 100-200 feet above the treetops 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.
Visit the Ohio Department of Agriculture website for additional information, including the treatment schedule.