OLYMPIA – State trappers are currently hanging brightly colored gypsy moth traps in trees, shrubs and other areas in an effort to protect Washington’s forests, production agriculture and cityscapes from a destructive plant-eating pest.The traps will be checked every two to three weeks during the summer before being taken down in September.
The gypsy moth is the worst forest pest ever brought into the U.S. In its caterpillar form, the pest attacks more than 500 species of trees and plants. The caterpillar quickly strips trees and plants of leaves, destroying some and weakening others so they are susceptible to plant diseases. For more information, call (800) 443-6684 or visit the agency’s Web site at agr.wa.gov/PlantsInsects/InsectPests/GypsyMoth.