Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will begin
aerial treatment for gypsy moth in early May. The spraying will occur across
approximately 5,298 acres within Grant, Hardy, Nicholas and Pendleton counties.
The goal is to reduce impacts of the gypsy moth in West Virginia’s forested
lands. The WVDA proposed to treat these acres under the WVDA Cooperative
State-County-Landowner (CSCL) suppression program.
“The gypsy moth is the
most serious forest pest currently in West Virginia. This is a non-native, invasive insect that feeds on over 300 species of
trees and shrubs, including West Virginia hardwoods,” said Commissioner of
Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Defoliation by gypsy moth caterpillars can kill
trees or weaken them substantially, making them more susceptible to other pests
Landowners in the CSCL
Program have signed a contract, paid a deposit and share the final cost with
the WVDA to complete treatment for their gypsy moth problem. Landowners then
select the spray material to be used on their property. The spray materials
offered for 2018 are Foray 48B (Btk) or Mimic (Tebufenozide). Egg mass
densities on non-residential forested lands must contain 500 egg masses per
acre or higher to qualify for treatment.
“This treatment program
is a safeguard to one of our most important natural resources. Homeowners, as
well as our timber and tourism industries, benefit from this program,”
Leonhardt said. “Without control
measures, our water quality, recreation experiences, wildlife habitat and
timber production could all be negatively impacted.”
WVDA officials caution
against the transport of firewood into or out of the state. Owners of RVs and
campers are asked to thoroughly inspect and wash their equipment before moving
If there are any concerns, please contact
Quentin “Butch” Sayers, Assistant Director or G. Scott Hoffman, GMCS
Coordinator at 304-788-1066 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director, email@example.com, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922