How the gypsy moth is affecting some of the trees in Holland

HOLLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – The gypsy moth first came to the United Stated in 1869 and was accidentally released in Medford, Massachusetts.

“They’re disgusting.. I have to clean my car off every three seconds because I don’t like running them over it’s kinda gross especially when you get out of your car and it sounds like it’s raining and you just get poop on you every three seconds, “ said Kayley Jones of Holland.

On Wood Lane in Holland they’re everywhere. And the gypsy moth caterpillars are affecting some of the trees.

“The deciduous trees, the oaks, the maples the birch their probably going to do fine next year. They can stand being defoliated for a year, sometimes two years. The evergreen trees may have a little bit of a lasting effect because losing all the foliage on an evergreen tree is a little more serious,” said Consulting Arborist Charles McCarthy.

A fungus that was brought here from Japan in 1910 has been the most effective way of controlling the gypsy moth but the mild winter we had may have kept the fungus from becoming active.

While it’s really too late to do anything to stop the caterpillars now, it won’t be too long before they enter their pupa stage and then become moths.

To try and prevent them from returning next year you can destroy their eggs. They appear as fuzzy masses commonly found on the trees.

And you’ll have to do more than just scrape them off, you can try soaking them in soap or other detergents to destroy the eggs.

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