W.Va. Department of Agriculture plans gypsy moth treatments in 5 counties next month


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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — West Virginia officials will conduct aerial treatments of 6,700 acres in five counties to slow the spread of gypsy moths.

The state Department of Agriculture says spraying is tentatively scheduled to begin next month in Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton and Pocahontas counties.

The gypsy moth is a non-native caterpillar that has become established in most of the northeastern United States. It feeds on more than 500 species of trees and shrubs but prefers the leaves of oak trees, West Virginia's predominant forest tree.

Officials say wildlife experts have assured them that no rare, threatened or endangered species would be harmed by the treatments.

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