State workers will perform aerial treatments around the state in early spring to slow the spread of gypsy moths.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture has scheduled open houses ahead of the treatments to educate the public on what to expect.
Those open houses are scheduled as follows:
- Marion and Wyandot Counties - Feb. 19, 6 - 8 p.m., Marion City Recreation Center, 240 West Church St., Marion, Ohio
- Ross, Hocking and Vinton Counties - Feb. 21, 6 - 8 p.m., Colerain Twp. Hall, 49 Whisler Road (next to Colerain Twp. Fire Dept. SR 180 and Whisler Rd), Hallsville, Ohio
- Vinton County - Feb. 21, 6 - 8 p.m., Wilkesville Twp. Fire Department, 127 North Town St., Wilkesville, Ohio
According to the ODA, gypsy moths are invasive insects that attack more than 300 different types of trees and shrubs, especially oak.
The department uses different types of treatments, depending on the location and extent of infestation. All treatments require an aerial application and are not toxic to humans, pets, birds or fish.
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