The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) today lifted a temporary gypsy moth quarantine for an infested area in northwest Richfield.
Last November, the MDA placed a quarantine on part of the city from the Crosstown Highway 62 on the north to West 67th Street on the south, and Washburn Avenue S. on the west to Logan Avenue S. on the east. This was in response to the discovery of an infestation of gypsy moths through the department’s annual statewide trapping work. Numerous egg masses, each containing up to 500 gypsy moth eggs, were also found in the area.
Since the gypsy moth find and enactment of the temporary quarantine, the MDA treated the area on May 11 and May 22 to eradicate all gypsy moths.
Now that the quarantine has been lifted, trees may be pruned and all branches and woody material can be disposed of through local waste haulers.
Gypsy moths have caused millions of dollars in damage to forests in the eastern United States. The moths are common in Wisconsin and are now threatening Minnesota. If present in large numbers, gypsy moth caterpillars can defoliate large sections of forest. They feed on over 300 different types of trees and shrubs.
For more information regarding gypsy moth, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/gypsymoth or call the MDA’s Arrest the Pest line at 1-888-545-6684.
Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications