Concerned about a gypsy moth infestation? Distinctive Tree Care specializes in gypsy moth control to help reduce and stop the gypsy moth damage and defoliation. Contact us today for an estimate or to schedule your gypsy moth treatment.
WHAT IS A GYPSY MOTH?
The gypsy moth is an invasive species that has a bad reputation for being one of the biggest tree defoliators in the U.S.
FACTS ABOUT GYPSY MOTHS
Since 1980, the gypsy moth has defoliated close to a million or more forested acres each year.
Larvae prefer hardwoods, but may feed on several hundred different species of trees and shrubs. See the 20 Most Common Gypsy Moth Host Trees.
If less than 50% of a tree’s crown is defoliated, most hardwoods will experience only a slight reduction in radial growth. If more than 50% of the crown is defoliated, the tree is weakened and susceptible to consecutive attacks. Affected trees will die 2 or 3 years after the initial attack.
CT GYPSY MOTH INFESTATION 2017
2017 WAS A TERRIBLE YEAR FOR MANY TOWNS IN CONNECTICUT WITH GYPSY MOTH DEFOLIATION. Over 400,000 acres were estimated defoliated in 2016 and over 1.5 million acres were defoliated in 2017!
SPRAY FOR GYPSY MOTHS IN CT
- Distinctive Tree Care treated over 700 properties in CT for gypsy moth damage with success in 2017.
- We spray for gypsy moths using two crews with hydraulic sprayers to reach upwards of 90′ to kill the gypsy caterpillar and gypsy moth nest and larvae. See video at the top of this page for more details. We were able to control these pests, keep the leaves on the trees and save their health.
- Our treatment program is recommended to spray for gypsy moths twice, typically starting in May, and then six weeks later. This helps to provide thorough control of the gypsy moth larvae, which is the damaging defoliating phase of this insect. The first treatment uses an organic control called “Dipel” and the second treatment uses a contact insecticide called Bifenthrin, which is also effective for tick control. This helps maintaining the health and vigor of your trees.
The image below shows trees that have been defoliated by gypsy moths.
GYPSY MOTH CONTROL
To get this invasive species under control, we recommend:
- Treating with insecticides to kill gypsy moth larvae and protect tree foliage
- Remove objects that provide shelter for gypsy moth larvae, such as flaps of bark, dead tree branches, dead trees, boxes, cans, or old tires
- Diversify the composition of trees and plants on your property to include species not preferred by the gypsy moth
ADDITIONAL GYPSY MOTH REFERENCES
Distinctive Tree Care in CT provides gypsy moth control services for plants and trees throughout the Greater Hartford area including South Windsor, Glastonbury, Tolland, Manchester, Vernon, Somers, Ellington, Hebron, Marlborough, East Hampton, East Haddam and beyond. Contact Us to book an appointment today.