Since being introduced to the United States in the 1860s, the European Gypsy Moth has been a menacing invasive species to this nation’s trees and countryside; to date, it has drastically changed the landscape of 20 states and Washington, DC.
Don’t make a move until you check for gypsy moths and their eggs. A few simple tips from the experts:
- Inspect outdoor household goods: lawn furniture, grills, outdoor toys, camping equipment, etc. for gypsy moth egg masses. Female moths lay eggs which hatch to caterpillars and spread in the summer months.
- Removing egg masses is a snap! Simply scrape the masses off with a putty knife or a stiff brush. Dispose of the masses in hot, soapy water or place them in a clear, sealed container and let them set out in the sun.
The US Department of Agriculture requires anyone moving from an infested area to a non-infested are to provide an official certificate of inspection of all common outdoor household articles that could carry the gypsy moth.
A customer can perform a self-inspection or hire a state certified pesticide applicator to meet this requirement.
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