Suffolk reschedules gypsy moth spraying meeting

Suffolk reschedules gypsy moth spraying meeting

Credit: Slow the Spread Foundation

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 8:37 AM

UPDATE 1/27:  The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 18, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the East Suffolk Recreation Center at 138 South 6th Street.

UPDATE 1/21: The meeting has been canceled due to pending weather conditions.  No reschedule date has been announced at this time.

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SUFFOLK-Suffolk is planning ahead to stop the spread of the destructive gypsy moth.

 A late spring spraying is planned, but before that happens, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the US Department of Agriculture-Forest Service will hold a public meeting about it.

The spray interferes with the male's ability to find a mate by disrupting pheromones. Officials say only one application is needed and the spray doesn't affect other insects or mammals, officials note.

Agriculture officials say high populations of the moth in the caterpillar stage eat leaves and can kill trees.

The meeting will be January 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the East Suffolk Recreation Center, located at 138 South 6th Street.

For questions about the treatment, contact Larry Bradfield, Gypsy Moth STS Coordinator at (540) 394-2507 or send email gypsymoth.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov  

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