The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding residents in a portion of the Lowry Hill Neighborhood in Minneapolis that yard waste generated this spring cannot be taken out of the state’s temporary gypsy moth quarantined area.
The quarantined area extends from Mt. Curve Avenue on the north to Franklin Avenue West on the south, and Irving Avenue South on the west to Dupont Avenue South on the east (SEE MAP).
The MDA placed a quarantine on the area in July 2017 after the department was contacted by a resident in the neighborhood who suspected a gypsy moth infestation after he noticed caterpillars on trees. MDA staff then conducted a survey and found thousands of caterpillars and hundreds of egg masses. One egg mass can contain up to 500 gypsy moth eggs.
The quarantine restricts the movement of trees and woody material, including firewood, out of the area. Trees may be pruned, but all branches and woody material must stay on the property (even if limbs are chipped, gypsy moth eggs are still viable).
The MDA is also reminding residents in the quarantined area that any outdoor equipment, household items, or vehicles that have been sitting outside in the quarantined area since last summer should be visually inspected for gypsy moth egg masses before being moved out of the quarantine. This includes items such as wood pallets, patio furniture, grills, and trampolines, as well as trucks, campers, and boats. Gypsy moth egg masses are brown, fuzzy blobs the size of a quarter. Residents who find an egg mass should contact MDA’s Arrest the Pest line at 888-545-6684.
The MDA’s goal is to lift the quarantine after planned gypsy moth treatments in May and June are proven effective. More information on the quarantine and treatments can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us/gypsymoth.
Gypsy moths have caused millions of dollars in damage to forests in the eastern United States. The moths are common in Wisconsin and are now threatening Minnesota. If present in large numbers, gypsy moth caterpillars can defoliate large sections of forest. They feed on over 300 different types of trees and shrubs.
Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications