Workers from the Clare County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program will begin their annual count of egg masses on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. All landowners should be aware that the survey will be starting and that they may be approached by a worker to access their yard to check for gypsy moth egg masses or they may receive notice that their property has been checked.
Gypsy Moth Coordinator, Mindy Taylor, would like residents to know that egg masses should not be removed from their property until next April. Egg masses must be counted while still in place to qualify property for spraying next May or June. Gypsy moth egg masses are fuzzy, tan colored clusters which are laid around the middle to end of August on any convenient surface, such as the bark of trees, buildings, the underside of cars and trailers, picnic tables, bird houses, rocks , etc. They average the size of a nickel and can be up to the size of a quarter or larger. They are generally tear drop or oval shaped.
Each cluster contains approximately 50 to 1,000 eggs. The gypsy moth over-winters in the egg stage, causing no damage, until they hatch in approximately April or May.
The gypsy moth crew is instructed to check the area, document their findings of egg masses and move on. If you object to the staff being on your property without prior permission, write a letter to the department at: 225 W. Main St., PO Box 356, Harrison, MI 48625 or contact the office at 989-539-6401. Please be advised that it would be impossible to check the entire county in a timely manner if personnel had to obtain prior permission for every piece of property.
Information about gypsy moth, including color illustrations of various life stages and what to do in woodlots or around the home may be obtained by contacting the Clare Conservation District-Administrators of the Clare County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program at 539-6401; or at www.clarecd.org.