Gypsy moth aerial spraying in Douglas and Sawyer counties

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Gypsy Moth Larva Feeding on leaf material.

June 5, 2014 Updated Jun 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working to protect forests in communities across Wisconsin.

This Thursday the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's will focus on treating Douglas and Sawyer counties for invasive species with aerial spraying, targeting the gypsy moth.

The DNR describes the gypsy moth an invasive, leaf–eating insect that can feed on most types of trees and shrubs found in North America. Apparently when their populations soar, the gypsy moth caterpillars can strip an entire forest of leaves in May and June.

Aerial spraying could start as early as sunrise, and will be extremely loud. The DNR assures residents that the insecticides and mating disruptor dropped from the planes are not toxic to people, bees, animals, birds and plants. However, if you have allergies you may want to stay inside until the spraying is complete.

During 2014, 60 sites will be treated across Wisconsin, involving approximately 186,220 acres in 18 counties. The planes will fly low during aerial spraying, just above the tree tops.

For more information on gypsy moth treatment and to view maps of the spray areas, please click here.

Ramona Marozas