In this post, we talk about the Illinois Gypsy Moth quarantine, the counties affected by it, and the signs and symptoms of a gypsy moth infestation.
Illinois Gypsy Moth Quarantine
Four more counties have been placed under quarantine by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to control the spread of the Gypsy Moth, an insect that destroys trees and shrubs. The invasive moths can strip trees bare of their leaves, causing tree death.
The original quarantine began in Lake County in the year 2000. The destructive moths have continued to spread to neighboring counties in Illinois.
The counties added to the quarantine are Kendall County, Kane County, LaSalle County and Will County. These four counties will join Cook, DuPage, Lake, and McHenry counties in the department’s quarantine order.
Illinois Counties Under Gypsy Moth Quarantine
- Cook County
- DuPage County
- Kane County
- Kendall County
- Lake County
- LaSalle County
- Will County
What Does the Gypsy Moth Quarantine Mean?
All nursery and lumber products will need to be inspected or certified moth-free before they can be moved out of the counties.
Residents in those counties must personally inspect vehicles, tents, outdoor lawn furniture, bicycles and other outdoor items for gypsy moth eggs, live moths and or caterpillars before taking them out of the quarantine zone.
If you are caught illegally removing items from the quarantine area you may be fined up to $500, and the items will be confiscated or destroyed.
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Signs and symptoms
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “the caterpillars have voracious appetites for more than 300 species of trees and shrubs, posing a danger to North America’s forests.” Watch out for defoliated trees and shrubs as this is most likely the sign on Gypsy Moth caterpillars feeding and destroying plants.
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Gypsy Moth Control
Gypsy moths like to lay egg clusters that look like fuzzy brown lumps on smooth surfaces. If you find a cluster you shouldplace it soapy water. In Illinois there are two treatments that can be dropped by helicopter, BtK – an organic bacterial spray that targets caterpillars and is harmless to people and pets. Another treatment uses biodegradable plastic flakes laced with pheromones and is used to confuse male moths and disrupt their mating.
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