Gypsy Moth Infestation on the Rise Again

“After decades of very little Gypsy moth activity, we are seeing outbreaks again.”
Dan GilreinExtension Entomologist for Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk County

Protect your trees from this invasive pest with our organic solution.
Since 2015, Long Island has been experiencing a resurgence of the invasive Gypsy moth population, leading to devastation of trees in residential and forest environments on a level not seen in decades. Environmental researchers in the northeast region agree that the destruction will continue to worsen in 2017:

“Up to half of Rhode Island’s 400,000 acres of forest cover suffered severe defoliation this year from Gypsy moth caterpillars, and the eggs they left behind have set the stage for a repeat infestation.” says the RI state Department of Environmental Management.

“For the third straight year, Connecticut could see the defoliation of more than 200,000 acres of trees.” according to CT State Entomologist Kirby Stafford.

“By sounding the alarm early, we hope to provide the public with ample opportunity to treat their own trees before it is too late.” says MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Commisioner

Gypsy moth egg mass

Gypsy moth egg mass

Each casing in a Gypsy moth egg mass contains hundreds of eggs. Have you seen them?
In our own local backyard-scouting research, we observed visible Gypsy moth egg masses in abnormally high numbers throughout the island.
You may have seen these warning signs in your own backyard.Check your trees (especially White Oak, a Gypsy moth favorite) for tan fuzzy clumps grouped together on the bark, approximately 1-2″ long, usually very high up but sometimes visible lower during times of high infestation.
Contact us for an inspection.

Usher Plant Care has been protecting Long Island’s trees from Gypsy moth defoliation since the 1970’s.
Our treatment application utilizes Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a naturally occurring bacterium that acts as a biological insecticide targeted specifically at the moth larvae, leaving other insects, birds, fish and mammals unharmed. This organic approach allows native beneficial bugs to aid in controlling the invasive Gypsy moth.

egg mass parasitized by Trichogramma

egg mass parasitized by Trichogramma

We now offer beneficial insect release as a supplement to Bt spray applications. Trichogramma is a natural enemy of the Gypsy moth which parasitizes their egg masses. Let nature’s natural defenses help protect your trees!



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