Results of gypsy moth survey to shape future Halton Hills council recommendations

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Published October 19, 2021 at 5:08 pm

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.

As a result, the Town conducted a survey to help shape future Council recommendations as well as to better understand the depth of the outbreak.

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.

The survey asked residents for their input on the outbreak and whether they noticed LDDs on trees on their property, or in other areas such as woodlots, roads, parks or cemeteries.

The information collected from the survey will be reviewed and help Town Council make future recommendations accordingly.

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