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June 3, 2013
GYPSY MOTH AERIAL TREATMENTS, HALIFAX AND PITTSYLVANIA COUNTIES

~ Bland, Patrick, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Grayson to be treated week of June 17 ~

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service are cooperating in an aerial insecticide application project to suppress and/or eradicate small isolated infestations of the gypsy moth in Halifax and Pittsylvania counties. The treatments, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 6, will be conducted near the communities of Denniston in Halifax County and Ringgold in Pittsylvania County.

The treatment will consist of one application of the gypsy moth mating disruption pheromone Hercon Disrupt II®. The pheromone hampers the ability of the male gypsy moth to find and mate a female gypsy moth.  Information on the Hercon Disrupt II® can be found on the manufacturer’s website at herconenviron.com.

The applications, which are part of the Gypsy Moth Slow The Spread program, will be conducted using airplanes during daylight hours, weather permitting. Specific treatment dates will be posted on the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ website.

Information on the gypsy moth or the mating disruption treatments can be found on the websites below or by contacting the VDACS Gypsy Moth Slow The Spread Office at 540.394.2507: gmsts.org/index.html or
fubyss.ento.vt.edu/vagm/pesticides.html.

The week of June 17, treatments will be conducted in the following counties: Bland, Patrick, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Grayson.

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