Sites in Allen and Whitley counties are tentatively scheduled to receive aerial treatments today to disrupt the mating process of gypsy moths, a day earlier than previously planned.
Gypsy moths can cause heavy defoliation that can eventually kill host trees, mainly oak and other hardwood trees. Caterpillars, which feed on the leaves of more than 300 tree species, have hairs that can irritate skin and cause respiratory allergies in humans.
The planes start in Ohio, then move to Indiana. Treatments are canceled in the event of high winds or rain. It is anticipated that a site on the Allen-Whitley county line, in the Arcola area, will be treated in the afternoon. In case of inclement weather, treatments will be done Thursday.
One or more low-flying airplanes treat sites with small flakes, which pose no health threat to people, pets, livestock or other animals. Washing vehicles promptly with soap and water removes the flakes.
Additional updates, information and maps can be found at gypsymoth.in.gov or call toll free 866-663-9684.