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Published: Monday, 2/11/2008

Gypsy moth spraying areas to be displayed

Two open houses this week are intended to give residents of Wood and Lucas counties information about upcoming Ohio Department of Agriculture treatments for killing destructive gypsy moths.

The Wood County open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Ohio State University's Wood County Extension Office, 639 South Dunbridge Rd., Bowling Green.

The Lucas County open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sanger branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 3030 West Central Ave.

The state agriculture department said it has targeted areas west of Bowling Green and on the north side of Toledo for aerial spraying in the spring, probably in mid-May.

Maps of treatment areas will be shown at the open houses.

The moths are exotics that attack trees and shrubs. They are especially fond of oak.

The moths have spread across 47 Ohio counties, and also have been found in Michigan and Pennsylvania in recent years.

For information, call 614-728-6400 or go to www.ohioagriculture.gov/gypsymoth.

Maps of spraying sites in this area can be accessed online by clicking on the "Decker" and "Drummond" links under the "Suppression Maps" heading.

Comments will be accepted by the state agriculture department until March 15. Letters can be sent via e-mail to gypsymoth@agri.ohio.gov or by hard copy to the Gypsy Moth Program, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 East Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

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