The Twisted Twig


The black helicopters are coming

By Roger DeGood - Guest Columnist



Looks like it will soon be the “end of days” for most of our unwanted invasive friends, the Gypsy Moths. Sometime this month, when the weather is just right, the leaves are out and those wooly little worms are active, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will begin their aerial spraying operation to suppress the Gypsy Moth population we discovered last summer.

It will take two applications, about 3 to 5 days apart with application equipment flying about 50-feet to 100-feet above the tree tops. The application area will be roughly the north east quadrant of the village.

The product being used is called “Gypchek.” It basically is a biological virus (Nuclepolyhedrosis) that is toxic only to the Gypsy Moth larva. There is no need to stay in, hide under your bed or wrap dear Fido in aluminum foil. The spray is harmless to mammals, other insects, birds, fish, pets, humans and the paint job on your cars.

As timing is a little fluid, starting in early May, the DoAg has set up a phone number for residents to call (614-387-0907) that will provide more definite timing thru a recorded message. As these operations are on-going state wide, be sure to listen for your area description. For more and continued information tune into their website, www.agri.ohio.gov. Click on programs then on Gypsy Moth Program. If you have any specific question, send them a message at plantpest@agri.ohio.gov.

For the fourth year running, in recognition of the efforts in maintaining and growing the local urban forest, Swanton, Ohio has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in conjunction with the Ohio DNR, Division of Forestry. Nationwide, Ohio remains the leader in Tree Cities. Last year Ohio Tree Cities planted 27,000 trees, pruned 88,000, spent 48,000 hours with a total investment of $40 million.

Plans for this year for the Swanton Tree Commission include Phase 2 of plantings in the Willow Run subdivision and, with financial support of the Rotarians, completing the shade planting for the pathway at Pilliod Park. As usual, we will have a booth at the Corn Festival where residents can obtain information on planting, maintenance, pruning, and invasive trees pests.

If you know of a tree in the village right of way that may need attention or removal, contact the Village offices or any tree commission member. Be sure to visit the Brochure Bank at Village Hall for more information on any topics involving your tree needs.

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The black helicopters are coming

By Roger DeGood

Guest Columnist