Dont Move a Serious Pest to a New Neighborhood is an article posted by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) about the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) and the areas in the U.S. and Canada that are considered “quarantined”.  Most people and some moving companies aren’t familiar with what are considered infested areas and the ramifications, both environmentally and legally, for moving gypsy moth egg masses.  The article explains how the egg masses can be moved on outdoor household items like lawn furniture, outdoor toys, garbage cans, etc., if not properly inspected.  It also tells of the damage the larval (caterpillar) stage of gypsy moth can do to trees.

The article goes on to explain how homeowner self inspection and professional inspection are options for gypsy moth inspection.  It details (with pictures) the different stages of the gypsy moths development including what an egg mass looks like.  The egg mass being the most critical to detect and eradicate since each egg mass can contain up to 1000 eggs.  The article details what to do if you find gypsy moth life stages and includes a self inspection check list along with contact information to report gypsy moths and links to various related sites. 

The information is much too important for homeowners and moving companies to ignore or misunderstand!

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  1. Will says

    The insect in your picture is not a gypsy moth, but an eastern tent caterpillar larva.

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