REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (WTVN) --Low-flying planes will be treating trees for gypsy moths across central Ohio over the next few days. The product being used does not kill the moth, but it disrupts the mating process by confusing the male as it searches for a female mate.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the treatment is not harmful to birds, plants, pets or humans.
The gypsy moth is an invasive species that feeds on the leaves of more than 300 different trees and shrubs and is especially fond of oak. A healthy tree can usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently damaged or dies.
So far, 51 of Ohio’s 88 counties have established gypsy moth populations.
This week's treatments are planned on nearly 46,000 acres in Delaware and Franklin counties.
Pre-recorded daily updates about planned treatment blocks are available by calling (614) 387-0907 or 800-282-1955 ext.37, after 5 p.m.
Click here to read more about the gypsy moth in Ohio.