Aurora, Illinois - Gypsy Moth Treat Program

Like the tale of the sorcerer’s apprentice, the gypsy moth is an example of an experiment gone horribly wrong. The moth was brought to the United States in 1869 in a failed attempt to start a silkworm industry. Escaping soon after, the gypsy moth has become, over the past century, a major pest in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada.

Thank you to the City of Aurora for the Gypsy Moth Treatment Program.­ The first of Btk was done on May 13 and the second application is scheduled for May 19 (weather permitting). ­

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Friday, May 15, 2015


Scott Schirmer or Nancy Johnson

Illinois Department of Agriculture



Next round of spraying scheduled for Tuesday, May 19

(Aurora, Ill) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) and City of Aurora are committed to providing area residents timely and accurate information about the state's Gypsy Moth Treatment Program.­


The gypsy moth is a non-native pest that feasts on more than 250 species of trees and shrubs, but its preferred food source is oak leaves.­ Large populations are capable of stripping plants bare, leaving them vulnerable to secondary insect and disease attacks, additionally rendering outdoor living spaces unusable as while they feed, their waste falls covering decks, patios, and furniture.­ Severe or repeated defoliation also can cause tree death. This month IDOA plans to treat a 1,623 acre site in the Kane/Dupage County community.­


The first application of Btk was made on Wednesday, May 13.­ The second application is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 and will begin around 5:00AM, weather dependent.­ The early start time is deliberate as winds are usually more favorable earlier in the day before the air and ground warm up, and fewer people are outside in the early hours.­


This second application is necessary to ensure sufficient timing coverage as the product has a short effective period of about one week, and the recently hatched caterpillars are being targeted before they grow too large, cause significant damage, and become more difficult to control.­ Maps of the treatment sites are posted on the IDOA website at ­


After jointly reviewing the public notification process that occurred in advance of the treatment application for Gypsy Moths on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Aurora, the Department of Agriculture and the City of Aurora have identified areas of improvement and are working together to ensure interested residents have access to timely and accurate information of any future treatment applications.­


The Department of Agriculture has extensive information on the Gypsy Moth treatment program available through its website at­ Residents can also choose to follow­for real-time updates.


City of Aurora residents may also access information on the Gypsy Month treatment program through Aurora's website at­ Residents wishing to receive direct notification of future treatment dates in Aurora are encouraged to sign up for the City's E-News Service by clicking here.

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