Gypsy moth treatment public meetings

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

January 22, 2014

January 29, 2014

January 30, 2014

February 5, 2014

Phone: (317) 232-4189

Email: DEPP@dnr.IN.gov

Link: http://www.gypsymoth.IN.gov

Event Description

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM EDT

Public meetings regarding gypsy moth treatments proposed by the Department of Natural Resources in areas of Allen, Porter, Tippecanoe and Whitley counties this spring will be held from Jan. 22-Feb. 5, at various locations.

The presence of the invasive gypsy moth insect, problems associated with infestations, and methods for dealing with the insect will be discussed.

Meeting locations and times follow.

— Tippecanoe County: Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. EST at Faith West Community Center, 1920 Northwestern Ave., West Lafayette.

— Allen County : Jan. 29 at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST at Allen County Public Library, Aboite Branch, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne.

— Whitley County: Jan 30 at 6 p.m. EST at Peabody Library, Community Room A, 1160 E. State Road 205, Columbia City.

— Porter County: Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. CST at Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St., Valparaiso.

Maps of infested areas can be viewed at gypsymoth.IN.gov.

The infested sites of Tippecanoe County are identified as West Lafayette 1 and West Lafayette 2. The infested site in Allen County is identified as Arcola 1. The infested site in Whitley County is identified as Loraine 1. The infested sites in Porter County are identified as Valpo 1, Valpo 2 and Westville 1.

While open to anyone, the meetings will be geared toward residents of the above sites, which have been identified as having infestations.

At the meetings, personnel from the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology will propose options for treatment. The representatives also will answer questions and take comments.

Written comments may be submitted to Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Gypsy Moth, Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, 402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN, 46204, or emailed to: DEPP@dnr.IN.gov. Comments may be submitted up to 30 days after each public meeting.

Options for dealing with gypsy moth that will be discussed in detail at the meetings include:

— Taking no action,

— Using mass trapping, which involves setting a large number of traps in a concentrated area to capture male gypsy moths before they have a chance to locate and mate with females, or

— Using biological control, which involves the aerial application of the naturally occurring bacteria Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki), which eliminates gypsy moth larvae, or

— Using mating disruption, which involves the aerial application of the gypsy moth mating pheromone (or scent) that confuses male gypsy moths and prevents mating, or

— Using integrated pest management, which involves the combined use of the above options.

Those unable to attend one of the public meetings may view the meeting's PowerPoint presentation, a series of question-and-answer documents, as well as maps of the exact sites of concern and further information at gypsymoth.IN.gov.

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