- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture has scheduled a series of open houses to explain its plans to exterminate the destructive gypsy moth in northern Illinois.

The presentations will take place in Aurora, Warrenville, Willowbrook and Campton Hills between March 31 and April 9.

The gypsy moth is a non-native pest that feasts on trees and shrubs, but its preferred food source is oak leaves. Department officials say large populations of the moth are capable of stripping plants bare, leaving them vulnerable to disease and death.

Infested sites will be treated by the department in mid-May and June.

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Online: www.agr.state.il.us.

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