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SWANTON, OH -- Gypsy moth caterpillars have been making their presence known in some NW Ohio areas this summer. Their intense feeding has literally made leaves and needles disappear as the caterpillar damage became evident to even the casual observer. “While the actual caterpillar feeding is complete, the adult moths are being noticed, and people are interested in learning more,” said Amy Stone, Extension Educator in Lucas County.

It is because of that interest; OSU Extension in cooperation with the Swanton Tree Commission will be offering an educational program on the gypsy moth on August 15th at the Swanton Community Center in Swanton, Ohio. The Center is located at 217 Chestnut Street.

The program is free and open to the public. The doors will open at 6:30 pm, and the actual program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. The program will last approximately 60 minutes, with additional time allowed for questions and answers.

“People want to know what they can do to protect their trees,” said Eric Richer, Extension Educator in Fulton County. “We received numerous phone calls into the office this summer and wanted to respond to the needs in the area with an educational program where residents can learn and make informed decisions.”

The evening’s program will include information about the insect’s history in North America and Ohio, its life cycle and biology, host preference, and management options. Included in the management options will be information on the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Gypsy Moth Suppression Program. Details will include the application process, estimated costs, and important deadlines.

Whether you noticed gypsy moth caterpillars feeding this summer or not, this educational program will be informative and engaging. If you have questions about the program, contact Amy Stone with OSU Extension in Lucas County at 419-578-6783, or at stone.91@osu.edu.

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