Suffolk meeting for gypsy moth cancelled

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Suffolk cancelled a public meeting regarding plans for aerial spraying to reduce the local gypsy moth population Tuesday night, due to weather conditions.

A new date for the meeting has not been determined.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the  U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service are set to hold an open-house public information meeting Jan. 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be at the East Suffolk Recreation Center located at 138 South 6th St.

According to the City of Suffolk, surveys from last summer detected gypsy moth populations. High populations of the moth could cause widespread tree defoliation.

VDACS and the USDA-Forest Service are proposing an aerial spraying of the gypsy moth mating disruption pheromone, which they say hampers the ability of the male gypsy moth to find and mate with a female moth.

There would only be one aerial spraying some time in May or June 2014.

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