- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - The state of Washington is planning an aerial assault in its latest attempt to exterminate the destructive gypsy moth.

KING-TV reports (https://kng5.tv/1OZ8ow1 ) that the state is planning to spray bacteria known as “BTK,” which acts a pesticide targeting the moth’s caterpillars.

BTK is deadly to all caterpillars, not just gypsy moths, but experts say there’s not risk to humans or other animals.

Agricultural experts say the moths are an invasive species that kill trees and can be devastating to the environment. The moths aren’t native to Washington, but the state thinks they may have hitched a ride on container ships.

The pesticide work will cost about $5.5 million and won’t begin until some environmental studies are complete. The state hopes to start by the spring.


Information from: KING-TV, https://www.king5.com/

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