Ohio Department of Agriculture to discuss gypsy moths


Ohio Department of Agriculture open house: 6 to 8 p.m., Hale Township Hall, 206 S. West St., Mount Victory, Ohio. On gypsy moth aerial treatments.

MOUNT VICTORY — The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be hosting a gypsy moth treatment open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Hale Township Hall, 206 S. West St., Mount Victory, Ohio.

ODA plant health staff members will provide information about scheduled aerial treatments the county is set to receive to prevent the spread of the gypsy moth.

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Courtesy of the Ohio Department of Agriculture:

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is hosting 18 informational open houses for peo

ple living in areas scheduled to receive aerial treatments to prevent the spread of the destructive gypsy moth. These meetings, hosted by ODA plant health staff members, will offer attendees the opportunity to speak directly with those who work with the program, learn about the pest, and view maps of treatment areas.

You can also visit the ODA website to learn more about this pest and to view maps of the treatment areas. The open houses are being held on the following days:

Monday, February 3, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Muskingum County

Zanesville Municipal Airport Terminal – 850 Airport Rd., Zanesville, OH

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Vinton County

Lake Hope State Park Lodge – 27311 State Route 278, McArthur, OH

Hocking, Athens Counties

Wayne National Forest Office – 13700 US 33, Nelsonville, OH

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Perry County

OSU Extension office – 104 South Columbus, Somerset, OH

Franklin County

Gahanna Senior Citizen Building – 480 Rocky Fork Blvd. Gahanna, OH

Thursday, February 6, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Licking, Knox Counties

Granville Village Offices – 141 East Broadway, Granville, OH

Monday, February 10, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Delaware County

Village Hall of Sunbury – 51 East Cherry St., Sunbury, OH

Franklin County

Clinton Township Hall – 3820 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Licking County

OSU Extension Office – 771 East Main St., Newark, OH

Franklin County

Village of Minerva Park Community Building – 2829 Minerva Lake Rd., Minerva Park, OH

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Delaware County

Mingo Rec. Center, Mingo Park – 500 East Lincoln Ave., Delaware, OH

Franklin County

City of Worthington Council Chambers – 6550 North High St., Worthington, OH

Thursday, February 13, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Marion County

Marion Municipal Airport Terminal – 1530 Pole Lane Rd., Marion, OH

Franklin County

Perry Township Hall – 7125 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Marion County

Pleasant Township Hall – 1035 Owens Road West, Marion, OH

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Morrow, Knox Counties

Village of Sparta – 6605 State Route 229, Sparta, OH

Monday, February 24, 2020 (6pm – 8pm)

Hardin, Union, Marion Counties

Hale Township Hall – 206 South West St., Mt.Victory, OH

Washington County

OSU Extension Office – 202 Davis Ave., Marietta, OH

Gypsy moths are invasive insects that attack more than 300 different types of trees and shrubs, with oak being the preferred species. In its caterpillar stage, the moth feeds heavily on the leaves of trees and shrubs, limiting their ability to photosynthesize. A healthy tree can usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently damaged or dies.

Currently in Ohio, there are 51 counties under gypsy moth quarantine, limiting the movement of regulated articles out of those counties. The department uses different types of treatments, depending on the location and extent of infestation. All treatments require an aerial application. Larvacide treatments will take place in early to mid-May, and mating disruption treatments will begin in mid-June. The treatments are not toxic to humans, pets, birds, bees or fish.

Citizens who cannot attend the open houses and would like to provide official comment about the proposed treatment blocks should send correspondence to the department by February 29. 2020. Correspondence can be sent by e-mail to plantpest@agri.ohio.gov or by hard copy to the attention of the Gypsy Moth Program, Plant Health Division – Building 23, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

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Ohio Department of Agriculture open house: 6 to 8 p.m., Hale Township Hall, 206 S. West St., Mount Victory, Ohio. On gypsy moth aerial treatments.

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