St. Clair investigating gypsy moth damage

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Trees in Lambton stripped of their leaves by gypsy moths

St. Clair Township wants to see how much damage gypsy moths are doing in the community.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry observed record-breaking areas of defoliation in southern Ontario with nearly 600,000 hectares of trees stripped by this pest last year, beating the original record of 350,000 hectares in 1991.

The pests have been just as big a problem this year. Mayor Steve Arnold says Bioforest has been contracted to look at municipal properties with trees to see how big the problem is. Some residents have reported issues, however the municipality can’t act on private property.

The study will take place in January and will cost between $10,000 and $20,000.
Spraying would take place in the spring if council approves.