Experts: Local gypsy moth invasion is worst since 1980s

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PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – First it was the caterpillars, turning green trees bare. Now, gypsy moths have begun to invade Southern New England.

Experts are calling this year’s gypsy moth invasion the worst since the early 1980s. While these insects are small, they still have the potential to cause a lot of damage.

According to Tony Dejesus, service and technical manager at Big Blue Bug, there is a reason why gypsy moths are here.

“A long time ago a gentleman in Massachusetts doing some work, trying to create a silkworm, a better silkworm, introduced the gypsy moths to our area and some of them got loose from his laboratory and it slowly started,” he said.

While the moths are harmless to people, they can do some serious damage to trees.”

“Two or three years of that defoliation can literally kill a tree,” said Dejesus.

The egg-laying period for the moths is starting now and experts suggest hiring a tree spraying service.

If that’s not an option, experts also suggest finding and destroying the small brown caterpillar’s nests that reside on trees.

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