On Tuesday, May 22, The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is planning a second treatment in a portion of the Lowry Hill and Kenwood neighborhoods in Minneapolis to eradicate a gypsy moth infestation (see map). This treatment has been moved up one day from a previous announcement due to forecasted rain.
The treatment will start as early as 5:45 a.m. and could take up to two-and-a-half hours to complete. This is dependent on weather conditions at the time.
The low-flying airplane will be traveling up to a half mile outside the treatment area as it navigates through the gypsy moth infestation site. The MDA apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the noise of the plane.
The treatment product, Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk), is a biological product that is organic certified for food crops. It has no known health effects for humans, pets, birds, fish, livestock, bees, and other insects. However, you can avoid it by staying indoors during the treatment and keeping windows closed until a half hour after application. Any residue, which does not cause damage to outdoor items, can be removed with soapy water.
The MDA has set up an Arrest the Pest Info Line at 1-888-545-MOTH with the latest details about treatment dates and times. On the morning of the treatment, you can call the phone number with any questions you may have. Simply press 0 (zero) to speak to someone. The MDA's website also has information about gypsy moths and control efforts.
A third, and final, treatment confined to a smaller area of the Lowry Hill Neighborhood will take place 5-7 days from May 22. Notification will again be made in advance.
The area runs approximately from Interstate 394 on the north to West 22nd Street on the south, and Penn Avenue on the west to Lyndale and Hennepin avenues on the east. Details of the area can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us/gmtreatments.
Residents in the surrounding area will see and hear the plane as it flies through the treatment area.
Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications