Gypsy Moths & Potential Tree Damage
There was a very significant infestation of Gypsy Moths in 1972. Many of the oak trees in our area were defoliated, with the droppings causing a mess on decks, walks etc. and generally kept us from enjoying the outside. We learned ways of dealing with the moths that summer as best we could but we considered it a "lost" season to say the least!
How To Fight Back
Last year we noticed the moths had returned so I contacted Kirby Stafford at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, questioning what the moth infestation might be like this summer. He sent a "Guide to Gypsy Moth Management" which is very informative.
Also, please checkout www.ct.gov/caes on the home page - Scroll down to find "Latest News" click on May 3, 2016 List of fact sheets. Scroll to PDF then go to and click on: New May 2016 Gypsy Moth.
Kirby is expecting some activity this year but is hoping the recent rains will "kick in" the GM fungus and prevent a major outbreak. He stated it is already too late to destroy the eggs; therefore the next step is management. Both of the articles explain the options available - some can be done by us while others require hiring an arborist to apply chemicals.
As I said, the attachment is a more indepth article that he sent in 2015. Good Luck!
Janeene Crane for CRC