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Aerial Treatments for Gypsy Moths this Month

June 7, 2011

06/08/11 Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter was recently received notification from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources that they are working cooperatively with the USDA Forest Service conducting aerial treatments to disrupt mating of the gypsy moth in the area.  The program will help slow the spread of this invasive insect.  This year the treatments are to occur in portions of Marshall County and around Plymouth during June.

The treatments are an EPA registered product called Disrupt II, which is the female gypsy moth pheromone, and are applied by low flying aircraft.  The Disrupt II product time releases the pheromone to provide a steady source of the female sent.  The male moth senses the pheromone, becomes confused, and is unable to locate the female for mating.  This breaks the life cycle and eliminated the existing very low level gypsy moth population.  If left along gypsy moth can seriously affect the urban and rural forests in Marshall and other counties. 

In Marshall County there are 4 areas where the treatment will be dispersed by aircraft.  Section #1 is along Lincoln Highway west of Plymouth from Michigan Road to Tulip Road.  Generally on the north side from Michigan to Queen Road and on the south side from Queen Road to Tulip. 

Section #2 is north of 14th Road from Tamarack to Pine Road including the south side of Menominee Drive, Mill Pond Trail and Latonka Trail. 

Section #3 is the area between Muckshaw and Nutmeg Roads from 11th Road south to 12th and then the north east side of Lawrence Lake Road.  

The final section is along the railroad from 3B to 4th Road with Tamarack on the west.