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Gypsy Moth Monitoring
Snyder County > Departments > Conservation District > Gypsy Moth Monitoring

 July & August 2015 Update

**  2016 Update  **

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) can safely say that there will be no funding available for landowners from the (Department of Conservation & Natural Resources) DCNR Cooperative Gypsy Moth Suppression Program in 2017. Aerial spraying from private applicators will likely be the only option that landowners will have this coming year.

Owners of forested residential (permanent or seasonal) properties that experience significant defoliation in 2016 may have the potential for defoliation in 2017 due to the presence of new gypsy moth egg masses. While there is no assistance program available from DCNR, landowners may still contact Craig Bingman, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114 for guidance or to look over the situation.

 General Information

Occasionally, the Snyder County Conservation District is asked to conduct gypsy moth egg mass surveys to determine the severity of the infestation.

Please read the update information above.

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 estimated $21.00/acre in the past. To qualify for the spray program, the spray block had to have at least 24 wooded acres with a residence(s) or special use area within or near the woodlot. Adjoining landowners could combine their acres to come up with 24 or more total acres. Egg mass counts had be 250 per acre or higher to qualify. Landowner payments were made to the Conservation District before the spray block was approved.

For more information about the monitoring program, or you suspect that you have gypsy moth caterpillars or egg masses, please contact Craig Bingman, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114. You can also contact DCNR's Bald Eagle State Forest District office near Laurelton at 570-922-3344 regarding gypsy moths and other forest pests.

 Insect Identification

There are other caterpillar pests currently present in Snyder County. Many presume that what they see is the gypsy moth in its larval stage. However, that may not be the case. Please check out the Caterpillar Photo Chart in the "Gypsy Moth Downloads" section at the right hand side of this web page.

For more information, either call the DCNR Bureau of Forestry office near Laurelton (along PA Route 45) at 570-922-3344 or Craig Bingman, SCCD District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114.

 Contact Information

Snyder County Conservation District
10541 Route 522
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: (570) 837-3000
Fax: (570) 837-7300
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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 Gypsy Moth Downloads