Halton Hills councillor reminds residents to check trees for gypsy moths

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Published November 5, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Halton Hills Councillor Ann Lawlor is reminding residents to check their trees for LDD caterpillar eggs.

This past year, the Town of Halton Hills along with many surrounding communities, experienced an outbreak of Lymantria Dispar Dispar (LDD), commonly known as gypsy moths.

The LDD moth is a non-native insect that is considered a major pest in North America. Due to the damage they can cause, Halton Region is diligent when it comes to taking action against them to avoid a significant loss of trees.

They are known to target maples, birches and beeches, among other species. However, all species of oak, in particular, are susceptible to the LDD moth.

“Check your trees for the invasive, destructive LDD caterpillar eggs,” cautioned Lawlor on Twitter.

The Town of Halton Hills recently conducted a survey to help shape future Council recommendations as well as to better understand the depth of the outbreak. The information collected from the survey will be reviewed and help Town Council make future recommendations accordingly.

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