In 2007, gypsy moth caterpillars chewed their way into Snyder County landowner’s woodlots after more than a ten year hiatus. To help combat the pesky leaf eaters in 2008, a joint effort between the Snyder County Commissioners, Snyder County Conservation District and the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources' (DCNR) PA Bureau of Forestry treated close to 1,200 acres in seven townships with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), a bacterial spray for leaf eating caterpillars. Landowners were responsible for paying roughly half the spray costs while DCNR's Bureau of Forestry cost shared an specific amount.
Since then, either gypsy moth counts have been low or funding programs have been limited. At this time, there is no county sponsored program at this time.
For more information, or you suspect that you have gypsy moth caterpillars or egg masses, leave a message with the DCNR's Bald Eagle State Forest District office near Laurelton at 570-922-3344 regarding gypsy moths and other forest pests.