Pest • Destroys Foliage • Multiplies Quickly
If your yard is infested with gypsy moths, it is important that you promptly combat the issue.
When left to their own devices, gypsy moths can cause major damage to your backyard.
The gypsy moth is a pest native to Asia and Europe that was brought to Massachusetts from France in the 1870s in the hopes of breeding it with a silkworm to create a silk-spinning caterpillar. Unfortunately, it was accidentally released into wild, and within a decade, had started causing widespread defoliation. Today, it is a well-established pest to contend with all throughout the Northeastern U.S. that feeds on trees and shrubs. Due to its voracious appetite, this pesky insect can eat through your foliage at an alarming rate, and can multiply to destructive levels within one or two years.
Gypsy moths go through four life stages: egg, caterpillar, pupa, and adult moth. The caterpillars are the ones that cause the damage, and are often mixed up with the eastern tent caterpillar, which is harmless. You can tell the difference between the two by comparing their markings. Gypsy moth caterpillars have five pairs of blue warts and six pairs of red warts down its back. The eastern tent caterpillar has a yellow stripe down the center of its back and no warts. In early to mid-April, you will start to see the eastern tent caterpillar spin their “tents,” while the larvae of the gypsy moths won’t start to emerge until May, and will be quite tiny.
If you find gypsy moth caterpillars, it is essential that you get rid of them as soon as you can. We have the extensive experience with insect control that you need to eliminate your gypsy moth problem. We are lawn pest control experts who can prevent gypsy moths from destroying your property. If you need lawn insect control in Massachusetts, contact us today!