Helicopter completes first spray treating Hampstead gypsy moth infestation
HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services completed the first of two sprays for gypsy moths in Hampstead Thursday morning.
Gypsy Moth Program Manager Chris Elder said crews are treating a 993 acre area near US 17/NC210 that passes through the intersection with Hoover Road. According to a report, the block contains approximately 269 residences, 53 churches and businesses, and 1 one school.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services held public meetings to discuss gypsy moth biology and treatment options and to solicit comments from the general public in February.
Elder said the area has had male moth captures every year since 2009. He said the gypsy moth populations are low right now, but if they do not not spray, the populations would become a problem. He said eventually people would start noticing damage to hardwood trees and eventually the trees would die.
Elder said the treatment is not harmful to people. He said the second treatment is scheduled for the morning of April 21.
Click here to see the map of treatments and more information about gypsy moths.