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Farmers across Ohio called to attend gypsy moth education

Staff Writer |
Areas across Ohio are slated to receive gypsy moth aerial treatments by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in early spring to slow the spread of the destructive insect.

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Department staff members will host several open houses in treatment areas that will offer attendees the opportunity to speak directly with those who work with the program, learn about the pest, and view maps of treatment areas.

Those with questions who live near a treatment area in the southern Ohio region will have the opportunity to talk with experts at the following open houses:

Washington/Athens County – Feb. 1, 6 – 8 p.m., Decatur Township Hall, 2111 Welch Rd. (County Rd. 111), Cutler, Ohio

Muskingum County – Feb. 1, 6 – 8 p.m., Muskingum County Library, Duncan Falls/Philo Branch, 222 Main Street, Duncan Falls, Ohio

Perry/Morgan County – Feb. 2, 6 – 8 p.m., Perry County EMA Office, 121 West Brown Street, New Lexington, Ohio

Fairfield County – Feb. 2, 6 – 8 p.m., Hocking Twp. Hall, 1175 Cincinnati Zanesville Road, Lancaster, Ohio.

Gypsy moths are invasive insects that attack more than 300 different types of trees and shrubs, with oak being the preferred species.

In its caterpillar stage, the moth feeds heavily on the leaves of trees and shrubs limiting their ability to photosynthesize.

A healthy tree can usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently damaged or dies.

Currently in Ohio there are 51 counties under gypsy moth quarantine, limiting the movement of regulated articles out of those counties.

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