The battle against the gypsy moth will continue in Swanton this year with treatment planned in two areas.
The same general areas that received treatment in 2018 are scheduled for the same in 2019. In northeast Swanton, an area of 107 acres will be targeted. It ranges from Parkside Drive north to the Ohio Turnpike and Hallett Avenue west to N. Fulton Street.
The second area is the eastern half of Valleywood Golf Club.
Gypsy moths are non-native, invasive insects that defoliate over 300 species of trees and shrubs. In its caterpillar stage, the moth feeds heavily on the leaves of trees and shrubs, and is especially fond of oak.
One two-inch larvae can consume up to one square foot of foliage every 24 hours; each egg mass can contain 500-1,000 eggs. “In heavily infested areas, where there are 250 or more egg masses per acre, larvae can defoliate the infested trees,” according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
In anticipation of the treatment, a public meeting has been scheduled to inform area residents. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio State University Extension, and Village of Swanton will be on hand to answer questions.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6-8 p.m., at the Swanton Community Center, 217 Chestnut St.
The focus will be suppression. The Suppression Program is in areas where the gypsy moth is well established and treatments are performed at the voluntary request of the landowners.
Other locations in the area slated for gypsy moth treatment in 2019 include sites in Holland, Sylvania, Toledo, near Oakshade, and northeast of the Fulton County Airport. Ohioans can view maps of treatment blocks at www.agri.ohio.gov.
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