- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State authorities are planning to begin the latest aerial treatments to control gypsy moths in sections of northwest and northeast Ohio.

The Department of Agriculture says the applications from low-flying aircraft are aimed at interfering with caterpillar-stage feeding cycles. It says the treatments aren’t toxic to humans, pets or other animals.

Officials say if conditions allow it, treatments will begin soon over more than 1,000 acres in five northwest counties, including the Toledo area. Treatments also are coming for 123 acres in Stark and Columbiana counties in northeast Ohio.

Gypsy moths are invasive insects that defoliate trees and shrubs. In Ohio, 51 counties are under gypsy moth quarantine regulations.

Authorities plan aerial treatments for nearly 4,000 acres in Ohio. The department has posted treatment area maps at https://www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/plant/gypsy/ .

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