Crow Wing County Land Services to survey gypsy moth traps
Crow Wing County Land Services is participating in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's, 2014 Gypsy Moth Section Trapping Survey.
The gypsy moth is an invasive species that, as a caterpillar, is a serious defoliator of more than 300 tree and woody shrub species.
As part of the survey 25 gypsy moth traps have been placed on county managed public lands. The traps will be collected and survey results reported to the state in late October. This is the second year the county has participated in this project. No gypsy moths were found in county traps in 2013.
"Gypsy moths eat the leaves of many trees and shrubs, but favor oak, poplar and birch," said Crow Wing County Natural Resource Manager Ryan Simonson. "These tent-shaped cardboard traps contains a pheromone which acts as a lure or attractant and, once inside the trap, the moths will stick to the interior surface."
Simonson added that landowners should remove and destroy any egg masses found on their property to help control population spread.
Gypsy moths are invading Minnesota from infested areas to the east, and are spread through population expansion and transport by people visiting from affected areas such as Wisconsin.
The rapid spread of gypsy moths can be prevented by following two simple steps. First, firewood should not be transported from infected areas and, secondly, people should inspect and remove from vehicles, campers and tents fuzzy buff-colored egg masses.
More information on gypsy moths can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us/gypsymoth.