1. Gypsy Moths Are Back – And in Larger Numbers than Last Year!
You may have heard about “gypsy moths” on the news lately, or maybe you’ve spotted them on your property, but here at LJM, we are well acquainted with these tree-leaf-eating insects, and we’re highly trained on how to keep them from doing what they do best – destroying landscapes! Ever since the gypsy moth outbreak in Massachusetts in the ‘80s, these critters have been kept at bay due to natural factors, such as weather and predators, as well as a soil-borne fungus called Entomophaga maimaiga. However, this year’s drought and recent weather conditions have altered that pattern, and as a result, we’re on the brink of experiencing a major infestation of gypsy moths again here in the Bay State. In fact, state environmental officials foresee widespread defoliation, as the invasive population will feed on a large variety of trees throughout Massachusetts.
2. Gypsy Moths Will Eat Your Beautiful Landscape if You Don’t Take Precautionary Steps Now.
The gypsy moth caterpillar may sometimes be confused with the eastern tent caterpillar, but they cannot fool the experts here at LJM, who easily distinguish the two based on markings, life cycles, and even behaviors! For example, tent caterpillars prefer to feed on wild cherry trees and other ornamental fruit trees, whereas gypsy moths are known for destroying trees of many varieties, including Oak Trees, Maple Trees, Apple Trees, Crabapple Trees, Aspen Trees, Willow Trees, Birch Trees, Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, and more! Believe it or not, the gypsy moth first came to the great state of Massachusetts in 1869, when an eager entomologist, Lepold Trouvelot, imported eggs of this species to Medford, MA, where he hoped to domesticate the silk-spinning caterpillar but instead let them escape to his backyard! Now in 2017, when we’re preparing for another major outbreak of gypsy moths in Massachusetts, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is warning the public early on, in hopes of giving homeowners ample time to “treat their own trees before it’s too late.” After all, there may be a funny story behind the gypsy moth’s journey to Massachusetts, but the consequence of a gypsy moth infestation can be quite devastating!
3. You’re about to have a problem – and we already have the answer!
Gypsy moth caterpillars have begun hatching, and now’s the perfect time to take control of a property before your trees get destroyed. Landscaping By J. Michael’s trained, experienced technicians are equipped with the skills and products to safely apply materials to prevent damage. When it comes to tree spraying, the technique, timing, and type of spray all depend on exactly what is being treated, which makes this a difficult task to tackle as an untrained home or business owner. Our crews understand the work, costs, and importance of maintaining a refined landscape, and we want to help you now, in order to ensure that your property remains lush throughout the summer months.
“Forest health specialists are advising people to hire certified arborists or someone licensed to apply biological pesticides to bring the population back down to manageable levels.”
“Individuals interested in pursuing treatments should hire a certified arborist or licensed pesticide applicator to protect their trees in a safe and effective manner.”