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[DNR] Public meeting on gypsy moth treatments for Valparaiso, Westfield is Feb. 13
Start Date: 2/13/2014Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 2/13/2014
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A public meeting on gypsy moth treatments for sites in Valparaiso and Westfield has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. CST at the Valparaiso Public Library.

The library is at 103 Jefferson St.

The meeting will discuss treatments for sites known as Valpo 1, Valpo 2 and Westfield 1. Maps of those sites and other infested areas are at gypsymoth.IN.gov.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 5, but was canceled due to weather.

While open to anyone, the meeting will be geared toward residents of the three sites, which have been identified as having infestations.

At the meeting, personnel from the Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology will present information on gypsy moths and methods for dealing with the insect. The representatives also will answer questions and take comments.

Written comments may be submitted to Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Gypsy Moth, Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, 402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN, 46204, or emailed to: DEPP@dnr.IN.gov. Comments may be submitted up to 30 days after the public meeting.

Options for dealing with gypsy moth that will be discussed include:

—Taking no action,

— Using mass trapping, which involves setting a large number of traps in a concentrated area to capture male gypsy moths before they have a chance to locate and mate with females, or

— Using biological control, which involves the aerial application of the naturally occurring bacteria Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki), which eliminates gypsy moth larvae, or

— Using mating disruption, which involves the aerial application of the gypsy moth mating pheromone (or scent) that confuses male gypsy moths and prevents mating, or

— Using integrated pest management, which involves the combined use of the above options.

Those unable to attend one of the public meetings may view the meeting's PowerPoint presentation, a series of question-and-answer documents, as well as maps of the exact sites of concern and further information at gypsymoth.IN.gov.
Contact Information:
Name: Phil Marshall
Phone: (317) 232-4189
Email: dnrnews@dnr.in.gov
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