SNP begins spraying to eradicate the spongy month

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah Natural Park (SNP) reports that aerial spraying for the spongy moth is in progress as of May 14.

The helicopter to do the work arrived Monday May 13 and is expected to lift off May 14 starting around 6:30 A.M. weather permitting.

The spongy moth which can defoliate trees began its early arrival this year due to warmer weather.

Additional treatment days will be selected through Friday May 17.

The treatment is expected to be done largely in the morning but may have to be done throughout the day due to weather conditions.

Visitors to the park will experience noise and possible wind from the low flying helicopter in the treatment areas.

The spray used in the procedure is Bacillus Thuringiensis Kurstaki or BTK and has been thoroughly studied.

The chemicals used are not harmful to humans, wildlife, plants, buildings, or vehicles and can be removed with soap and water.

The process is to eradicate the spongy moth and prevent tree mortality and can be monitored here.

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