Roscommon County, MSU Extension, Host Information Meeting on Spongy Moth Suppression

Roscommon County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program and MSU Extension are holding an informational meeting to update homeowners on their efforts to lessen the Gypsy Moth population, now known as the Spongy Moth.

Gypsy Moth PicThey’ll be providing information to homeowners on the Spongy Moth life cycle and what to expect from spongy moth caterpillars as they hatch.

They’ll also show ways for homeowners to protect their trees from defoliation, like duct taping or wrapping burlap around the trunk of the tree.

MSU Extension said there is some good news since the start of the Spongy Moth outbreak, there have been natural predators to the moth and we could be seeing the end to the outbreak soon.

“It’s been over 20 years since we’ve seen an outbreak like the one we’re having currently,” said MSU Extension Natural Resources Educator Julie Crick. “Soon those natural pathogens of fungus and a virus as well as the predators should cause a collapse in the populations we’re seeing today.”

You can revisit the Spongy Moth meeting at their webpage here.