The spraying of broad-spectrum pesticides to kill gypsy moths at the Wright Township Municipal Park is being discouraged by the township’s environmental advisory council. At the May 8 Board of Supervisors meeting, officials were told that the council is opposed to this spraying in the park, as it may have adverse consequences on other parts of the environment there.
Supervisor Colleen Macko, reporting on the council’s findings, stated that, at their April meeting, the council members decided to call Penn State’s Cooperative Extension for more advice on ridding the park of gypsy moths.
Gypsy moths devastated many properties in Mountaintop in 2015 and returned again in 2016 although not as fiercely. With the state-wide gypsy moth population declining this year, experts still report that, in 2017, Luzerne County, specifically Mountaintop, is one of the hardest-hit areas for gypsy moth infestation.
Because of warmer weather in April, the caterpillars have emerged earlier than usual this year and invaded many local areas, including the Alberdeen Little League complex.
Residents have a few options to rid their properties of gypsy moths, including spraying of trees, injecting insecticides into tree trunks, or placing burlap bands around trees, but these options can be costly or time consuming. Forest areas in Luzerne County will be included in DCNR’s aerial spraying program this