Listed are some steps a
homeowner can take to prevent infestation (These have not been tested by
the Village nor are they sworn to be 100% effective).
Keep trees watered and healthy
Wrap burlap around the trunk of the tree to catch the larvae as they
climb and then dispose of the caterpillars in a bucket of soapy water.
Have an arborist scrape the egg masses off of the trunks.
Companies such as Bayer Advanced and Safer Brand market traps to catch the moths as they fly.
Gypsy moth infestations are a nuisance to residents, and uncontrolled
populations can be detrimental to the health of trees as moth larva eat
most leaves. According to Urban Forest Management, the Village's
professional forestry advisors, oaks usually suffer more than other tree
species from an attack. Deciduous trees in good condition prior to
infestation can withstand one or two consecutive years of defoliation
before decline, while evergreens die after one complete defoliation.
Hendrickson Flying Service (HFS)
This year, the Village contracted with Hendrickson Flying Service (HFS)
of Rochelle, Illinois to conduct the spraying. HFS provides gypsy moth
spraying services to several municipalities in Lake County, as well as
the State of Illinois. Because the Illinois Department of Agriculture
has suspended gypsy moth control efforts in Lake County, it is up to
individual municipalities to address the problem.
A biological insecticide by the name of Foray 48F was used to treat the gypsy moths.