Dept. of Agriculture Announces Gypsy Moth Information Session

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The Ohio Department of Agriculture is inviting the public to an open house information session in Nelsonville focusing on the growing gypsy moth problem in the state.

Athens and Hocking counties are among 51 counties in the state currently under gypsy moth quarantine.

Brett Gates, a spokesman for the department, encouraged residents in affected areas to attend one of the sessions in order to learn more about the treatment.

"We're holding these information sessions if people are in treatment areas, and they can come to ask questions about the gypsy moth and…about the different types of treatment. They can view maps and ask questions to experts. We want to make these people available so people can come forward and have their questions and comments submitted to these experts," Gates said.

The department describes gypsy moths as invasive insects that attack over 300 species of trees and shrubs.

Most healthy trees only live for about two years following a gypsy moth attack because of their limited ability to photosynthesize.

The information session will be held Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters in Nelsonville.