IDOA plans open houses on gypsy moths

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Agriculture officials say its plans to exterminate a destructive pest in northern Illinois will be explained during a series of open houses planned for late March and early April.

Officials say open houses to explain the department's plan to exterminate gypsy moths will take place in Aurora, Campton Hills, Warrenville, and Willowbrook between March 31 and April 9.  Officials also say sites with gypsy moth infestations will be treated by the Illinois Department of Agriculture in mid-May and June.

Gypsy moths are non-native pests that feed on various trees and shrubs.  However, the moths prefer to consume oak leaves.  According to officials, large populations of the moth can leave trees and shrubs vulnerable to death and disease, as those populations are capable of stripping the plants bare.
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