Gypsy moths in Clark County Forestry

(WEAU) – The gypsy moth is a creature that has hitched a ride to Clark County is leaving the area quarantined.

Forest manager Rick Dailey says they have prepared for this since 2004.

"We know our county forest is susceptible to defoliation primarily because 60 percent of the county forest is aspen and oak and those are preferred species by the gypsy moths,” said Rick Daily Clark County Forestry Manager.

Anyone who plans to move firewood, twigs, or logs have to be aware that the wood has to be inspected.

"The gypsy moth quarantine rules are intended to prevent the spread of moths from a quarantine county to a non quarantine county,” said Dailey.

The gypsy moth was brought from Europe to Boston in 1869 and has continually spread to the Midwest.

While the moths are currently in the egg stage, they will become caterpillars and will feast in the forest, "leafing" people worried.

"It can be detrimental from our standpoint for harvesting you know it hurts the tree and growing and stuff," said Troy Kuehn.

"It’s very scary to me that were going to lose some of our trees that’s been around you know,” said Gary Jensen

The state is asking people in Clark County not to move camping gear or patio furniture without checking for the moths or eggs.

Yet there is a solution that people can follow to help slow down the spread.

The Clark County Forestry Department says if you see the eggs you can peel them off and then soak them in soapy water for up to two days.

People can even put the eggs in the microwave to help kill them.
However, no matter what, defoliation will happen to Clark County forests.


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