NJ to spray for gypsy moths

April 11, 2008 5:22:18 AM PDT
Battle plans are in place targeting gypsy moths in New Jersey this summer. State officials say they'll spray 78 communities in 17 counties.

The most susceptible areas - in Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth and Sussex Counties - are to get the highest doses of an insecticide that authorities say does not hurt people or animals.

Native to Europe and Asia, gypsy moths have been a problem on the East Coast since some were accidentally released in Massachusetts more than 100 years ago.

Spraying programs seek to kill the moths in their caterpillar stage; that's when the can defoliate and kill trees.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger


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