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 April 30, 2021.
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 submit an application and complete the online compliance training provided by the MDA.
Limited Permit Training
Training will be available in March, please check back.
Questions about the training should be directed to Deborah Davis Hudak: 218-243-2058 or Deborah.Davis.Hudak@state.mn.us
A compliance agreement is a formal agreement between the state and the entity to follow standard operating procedures to limit the risk of spreading the gypsy moth. To obtain a compliance agreement, please contact Deborah Davis Hudak: 218-243-2058 or Deborah.Davis.Hudak@state.mn.us.
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.