Pike County Conservation District is now accepting applications from residents and communities that would like to be considered for gypsy moth spraying in 2009.


Pike County Conservation District is now accepting applications from residents and communities that would like to be considered for gypsy moth spraying in 2009. This is a state program, run by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) with cooperation from Pike County.

The Gypsy Moth Suppression Program is aimed at limiting defoliation caused by gypsy moth caterpillars, not destroying the entire gypsy moth population. Any person who would like to be evaluated for possible inclusion in the spring 2009 program must submit an application by August 1.

The Gypsy Moth Program guidelines require a 23-acre minimum spray block size. It is strongly encouraged that residents speak with neighbors to ensure a proper spray block size. To be considered for this program:

• Residence must be within 200 feet of the forest;

• Property must have at least 250 egg masses per acre;

• There must be a residence on the property .

Individual applications must be submitted with a $10 non-refundable application fee. Community applications must be submitted with a $50  non-refundable application fee.

Applications are available on the web at www.pikeconservation.org, or can be picked up at the County Administration Building, municipal offices, or by contacting the Pike County Conservation District. All applications must be received by the Pike County Conservation District by August 1.

Please note that submitting an application and fee only allows your property to be evaluated for the program. It does not guarantee that the property will be included in the program. Properties that qualify will be billed at a later date for a portion of the, as yet undetermined, spraying costs.

While several areas in Pike County may have experienced heavy defoliation, many of these regions had widespread caterpillar mortality due to fungal/viral attacks in late June.

For more information, please visit www.pikeconservation.org and click on “Gypsy Moth Information.”