PUBLIC NOTICE ATTENTION: PROPERTY OWNERS OF PIKE COUNTY
Pike County is cooperating with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-Bureau of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service in a joint effort to spray Gypsy Moth caterpillars this spring in certain residential and public high-use areas within the county. The areas scheduled for treatment are located in Blooming Grove and Palmyra Townships. These treatment areas were selected on the basis of surveys and resident requests received in 2015.
NO ADDITIONAL AREAS CAN BE ADDED AT THIS TIME.
A biological spray material, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which affects only leaf-eating caterpillars, will be used. However, Bt may not kill all of the Gypsy Moth caterpillars. In severe infestations the percentage of surviving caterpillars may still be sufficient to cause some defoliation and also be a nuisance to the homeowner. Because of this and the variability in control caused by the weather, the results cannot be guaranteed.
The spraying is scheduled to occur sometime from late April to early June depending upon insect and leaf development. Local news media and our website will have more information on specific dates. Spraying will be done by aircraft starting daily at daybreak and continuing as long as wind and other conditions are acceptable. Evening, weekend, and holiday spraying will also be conducted when conditions permit. Normally, only one treatment will be applied to any particular property. Bt has not been shown to be harmful to humans, pets, livestock, or gardens. However, it is recommended that you observe normal precautions and remain under cover during spraying. If exposed to the spray, wash with soap and water.
Program standards provide for the treatment of a forested buffer extending no farther than 500 feet from the residence(s) being protected. Open fields, open areas containing only a few scattered trees and narrow fence rows will not be treated.
Landowners within the 2016 approved spray blocks within Pike County were individually notified by mail in January and February 2016.
Additional questions regarding the Gypsy Moth program can be directed to: Pike County Gypsy Moth Coordinator, 556 Route 402, Blooming Grove, PA 18428 - (570) 226-8220. Additional information can be found at www.pikepa.org under WHATS NEW! Pike County Gypsy Moth Program.