Gypsy moth program slated

Staff report

An educational program on the gypsy moth will be held by the OSU Extension, in cooperation with the Swanton Tree Commission, on Monday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m., at the Swanton Community Center, 217 Chestnut St.

Gypsy moths were found in Swanton this year.

The free, public program will last approximately one hour, with additional time for questions and answers. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

It will include information about the gypsy moth’s history in North America and Ohio, its life cycle and biology, its host preference, and management options, including the application process and estimated cost of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Gypsy Moth Suppression Program.

Lucas County Extension Educator Amy Stone said gypsy moth caterpillars have been making their presence known in some northwest Ohio areas this summer. She said their intense feeding has literally made leaves and needles disappear as the caterpillar damage became evident to even the casual observer.

“While the actual caterpillar feeding is complete, the adult moths are being noticed, and people are interested in learning more,” Stone said.

People want to know what they can do to protect their trees, said Eric Richer, Fulton County Extension Educator. “We received numerous phone calls into the office this summer and wanted to respond to the needs in the area with an educational program where residents can learn and make informed decisions.”

For more information, contact Stone at 419-578-6783 or at

Staff report