Aerial treat­ment be­ing planned for gypsy moths in North Sur­rey

Vancouver Sun - - CITY -

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.

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