The gypsy moth belongs to the family of Tussock moth. They are natives to both Asia and Europe. The caterpillars and the larvae of the moths feed on deciduous and trees which are evergreen, and also shrubs. The gypsy moths traveled from England to Massachusetts in the United States through tourists and travelers. The gypsy moths primary quality is to travel anywhere and make a home and that is why they are named so.
It is very easy to identify a gypsy moth even as a small larva, and the best stage to control them from taking over the crop is when they are still in the eggs. The adult gypsy moths have a lot of hair on their body, and if you find them crawling in your garden, then there is high possibility that they have laid eggs. When a female lays the eggs, it covers them with hair, scales. The larvae of the moth come around in spring time, and the black bodies have blue and yellow stripes on them.
When the moth is full grown, these moths are about two inches long. When you find their eggs or larvae, apply pesticides where there is a greater density of the eggs under the leaves. Also, this type of extradition should be performed by a specialized person who knows how to handle the chemicals. You need special equipment for this. Also, if it is a large spread then the use of aircraft to spray pesticides is a must. If you need to treat the trees from the ground, then the use of acephate is suggested.
You can also use carbaryl to get rid of gypsy moths. However, this chemical also harms bees. So, it should be used when you are not too worried about get rid of the gypsy moths and bees at the same time.
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