- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State authorities are planning aerial treatments to control gypsy moths in central Ohio.

The Department of Agriculture says 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 planned to begin treatments Saturday over 435 acres in Franklin County. The applications need minimal wind and other favorable conditions to be effective as larva and leaf development reaches the optimal threshold for treatment.

Gypsy moths are invasive insects that defoliate trees and shrubs.

In Ohio, 51 counties are under gypsy moth quarantine regulations.

The department has posted treatment area maps at https://www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/plant/gypsy/ .


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