Aerial treatment being planned for gypsy moths in North Surrey
The B.C. government will take to the air in another attempt to wipe out the gypsy moth in Surrey.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations said it has applied for a pesticideuse permit to aerial spray a section of residential and municipal park land in northern Surrey next year.
The same property has been sprayed from the ground in the last few years, but the government said that hasn’t been effective and trapping and monitoring results show the moth is becoming established.
If left untreated, the moths could spread to new areas of the province through vehicles, containers, rail and marine vessels, the same way the pest came to B.C.
The caterpillars feed on tree leaves, damaging forests, farms and orchards. Gypsy moth populations have defoliated areas in Ontario and the eastern United States.