Does this photo look familiar?
Last year the gypsy moth showed up in numbers we haven’t seen since ’88 and experts say we may have another heavy population in 2016. Don’t let your trees become worm chow, be prepared.
2015 was a tough year for white oak and other gypsy moth larvae favorites- Long Island saw a rash of localized outbreaks of these leaf-stripping buggers. The main indicator of an upcoming outbreak is the proliferation of gypsy moth egg masses visible on trees. Each egg sac contains up to 1,000 eggs that will hatch in time to eat the tender new spring leaves.
“Egg masses are very obvious on tree trunks, suggesting we’re in for another round.” says Dan Gilrein at Cornell Cooperative Extension.
“You can check around your property to see what might be in store locally for next year. Since the newly hatched caterpillars can blow around to other areas, infestations outside your property can also be a threat and should be taken into consideration. If you see lots of tan, felt-like egg masses in your area (including adjacent forest trees) then expect another year of significant damage in 2016.
One defoliation weakens trees, but a second one can kill them or make them more susceptible to opportunistic pests. Trees that have been heavily defoliated should be protected from a second wave of defoliation.”
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