On Thursday, May 30, The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is planning a second treatment to eradicate gypsy moth infestations in parts of Lakeville and Stillwater. This is dependent on the weather at the time.
The aerial treatments will start as early as 5:15 a.m. in Stillwater, followed by Lakeville. The MDA uses a low-flying airplane which will be traveling up to a half mile outside the treatment areas as it navigates through the gypsy moth infestation sites. The MDA apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the noise of the plane.
The treatment product, Foray/Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk), is a biological product that is certified organic for food crops. It has no known health effects for humans, pets, birds, fish, livestock, bees, and other non-caterpillar insects. However, residents can avoid it by staying indoors during the treatment and keeping windows closed until a half hour after application. Residents can cover gardens or turn on sprinklers during the treatment if they wish. 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 treatments, residents can call the phone number with any questions they may have. Simply press 0 (zero) to speak to someone. The MDA's website also has information about gypsy moths and control efforts, and residents can sign up for email or text updates about treatment progress.
Lakeville: A 133 acre area in Lakeville and Scott County’s Credit River Township that runs along the western border of Lakeville and straddles Judicial Road (the county boundary). The majority of the treatment block (106 acres) is located in Lakeville with the remaining 27 acres in Credit River Township.
Stillwater: A 633 area in the southwest corner of the city approximately from Highway 36 on the south to 75th Street North on the north, and Manning Avenue on the west to Stillwater Boulevard and Olive Street West on the east.
Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications