Beginning April 1, Clark County will join Ashland and Bayfield counties in federal and state gypsy moth quarantine. Most of eastern and central Wisconsin, already considered to be generally infested with the gypsy moth.
According to WEAU-TV, the quarantine will have the greatest impact on plant nurseries, Christmas tree growers and lumber mills because of inspection requirements. People living in a quarantined county must also be careful when moving any outdoor item as female gypsy moths can lay eggs on nearly anything kept outside.
Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection tell the Eau Claire Leader Telegram, “If you are moving your entire household into a non-quarantine county or non-quarantine state, you may be asked if your possessions have been checked for gypsy moths.”
The gypsy moth is one of America's most destructive tree pests and has caused millions of dollars in damage to forests.
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