State officers have collected actively reproducing feminine gypsy moths for the primary time in 4 many years.
The Division of Agriculture stated Monday that trappers and others discovered an unusually giant variety of the damaging leaf-consuming pests within the Puyallup space after placing hundreds of traps this summer time. In all, trappers collected one hundred females, most of which have been actively laying eggs.
The company’s pest program supervisor, Jim Marra, says officers will have the ability to take away the infestation and stop the eggs from hatching.
It is possible the company will suggest a undertaking to eradicate the pests subsequent spring in an effort to stop them from turning into completely established within the state.
The bugs defoliate shrubs and timber and may make forests extra weak to different issues. They’ve brought about critical tree injury in different areas, together with New England.