Gypsy Moth Quarantine and Regulatory Information
Gypsy moth is a serious invasive forest pest that requires a quarantine to slow it's spread. The gypsy moth quarantine limits the movement of certain items out of a designated area and is an effective tool in managing and slowing it's spread across the U.S. and Minnesota.
Gypsy moths are expert hitchhikers and are most commonly transported as egg masses. The female will lay her eggs on any solid surface increasing the risk of further distribution.
The following articles are regulated under gypsy moth quarantines
- All stages of the gypsy moth life cycle including: eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult moths
- Logs, posts, sawbolts, and pulpwood
- Bark and bark products
- Nursery stock
- Christmas trees, boughs, wreaths and garland
- Outdoor household articles
- Mobile homes and associated items
- Any other products, articles, or means of conveyance that present a high risk of artificial spread of gypsy moth
General Quarantine Information and Distribution
- Minnesota's Lake and Cook counties are quarantined for gypsy moth, and have been so since July 1, 2014. Formal quarantine language.
- USDA Gypsy Moth Information and Quarantine Regulations
Limited permits expire annually on April 30th
All untreated regulated articles, such as sawbolts, pulpwood, or bark for fuel, must be accompanied by a limited permit when leaving gypsy moth quarantined areas. Untreated regulated articles can only be transported to specified locations in accordance with specialized conditions.
All MDA limited permits expire annually on April 30th. To obtain a limited permit, individuals must complete a training module provided by the MDA.
Limited Permit Training
Online and in person trainings are available. Trainings are usually provided in March and April each year. Contact the MDA if you need a limited permit after April 30 for the 2021 calendar year. Loggers and wood transporters typically need limited permits to move pulpwood, sawbolts, and bark for fuel.
Information about 2022 Limited Permit trainings will be provided by February 2022.
A compliance agreement is a formal agreement between the state and an entity who handle or move regulated articles out of a quarantine. Compliance agreements establish standard operating procedures that meet the quarantine requirements to limit the risk of spreading gypsy moth. Compliance agreements are typically established with entities that handle and move sawlogs, firewood, bark, holiday greenery, and more.
Quarantine violations occur when companies or individuals transport regulated articles out of the quarantined area without appropriate documentation and can result in civil or criminal penalties. Entities that regularly move regulated articles can continue to do so if they are operating under a compliance agreement.