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home : news : north central illinois   May 3, 2016

7/2/2014 8:30:00 AM
Plane spraying gypsy moths makes passes over Oglesby

Rachel Stella
Media Editor

An airplane flying over Oglesby on this morning was part of a scheduled gypsy moth treatment by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The treatment is “an aerial application of mating disruption intended to eliminate gypsy moths,” according to the department’s website. The treatment area included much of Oglesby and parts of Starved Rock State Park.

Gypsy moths are non-native insects that pose a danger to trees because they consume tree leaves, according to the website.

Department spokeswoman Nancy Johnson said an open house had been held previously to inform residents about the treatment.

Related Stories:
• DNR goes after gypsy moths in Oglesby area

Related Links:
• Illinois Department of Agriculture on gypsy moths

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