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Minnesota to attack gypsy moth in Hinckley area

Staff Writer | February 22, 2017
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and partner organizations are proposing to tackle a gypsy moth infestation in the Hinckley area this spring.
Gypsy moth
Pest   The MDA found an infestation
In anticipation of the treatment, the department is inviting people to learn about the effort at an open house to be held March 7 in Hinckley.

Ranked among America’s most destructive tree pests, gypsy moth has caused millions of dollars in damage to forests as it has spread from New England to Wisconsin in recent decades.

Gypsy moth caterpillars can defoliate large sections of forest. The pests are common in Wisconsin and are now establishing themselves in Minnesota.

The MDA maintains a monitoring program to watch for start-up infestations, and when an infestation is found, the department conducts aerial treatments of the infestation before it can spread.

In 2016, the MDA found an infestation north of the city of Hinckley. The department is now developing a treatment plan for an affected area totaling approximately 791 acres.