The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection plans to spray in Grant, Lafayette and Iowa counties beginning in May to try to prevent the spread of the gypsy moth.
The DATCP plans on spraying in 18 western Wisconsin counties starting in May and continuing through late July and early August using low-flying planes. The areas have been identified as having increasing populations of gypsy moth, a destructive insect with an appetite for hundreds of different species of trees and shrubs.
“The gypsy moth is a serious invasive pest that threatens our forests and urban trees, and it can have a negative impact on Wisconsin’s timber, paper, nursery and tourism industries,” said Randy Sthokal, manager of DATCP’s gypsy moth program.`
The DATCP plans to spray 46,083 acres in Grant County, 10,137 acres in Iowa County, and 1,517 acres in Lafayette County.
A meeting on gypsy moth spraying will be held at the DATCP office in Madison Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.