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Iowa County added to gypsy moth quarantine list

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar
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IOWA COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Just over two-thirds of Wisconsin's 72 counties have been infested with the tree and leaf-killing gypsy moth.  

State officials say Iowa County in the southwest part of the state will be added to the quarantine list for the pest, starting on March 31st.  

Under the quarantine, logs, Christmas trees, and nursery stock must be certified as being gypsy moth-free before they can sent to other areas or states which don't have quarantines.  

Like the emerald ash borer, gypsy moths often travel in firewood -- so there are restrictions on the wood's movements. Also, people in the gypsy moth areas are asked to check things like boats, campers, and patio furniture for egg masses before they're taken someplace.  

State officials normally conduct aerial spraying in certain areas each year to try and prevent the gypsy moth from spreading. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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