Helping your trees amid gypsy moths

Jenn Forman Orth | attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Gypsy moth populations are cyclical and, most years, they go unnoticed. Outbreaks tend to occur every 10 to 15 years and can last several years.

BATAVIA — Due to recent concern over the infestations of the Gypsy Moth (also known as LDD) and Emerald Ash Borer, along with other pests and diseases, in Western New York recently. there will be a free online webinar in August.

The Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District, along with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will host the webinar at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 on Zoom. There will be an opportunity for questions as well as resources provided. You can register today by visiting the district website at: https://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/soilandwater/index.php.

“The adult Gypsy Moths are emerging now. While the initial damage from their caterpillars is done for this year, now is a great time to learn about how to reduce or mitigate damage that may occur from next year’s caterpillars,” the district said.

DEC Forester Gary Koplun will present about ways to manage the Gypsy Moth, as well as speak about the Emerald Ash Borer and other issues that stress trees.

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