The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will resume the battles against Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth in the coming days. Weather permitting, spraying for the gypsy moth will begin in late May, 25 counties are targeted this year: Barron, Bayfield, Chippewa, Clark, Crawford, Dane, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, La Crosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Polk, Richland, Rock, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon and Washburn.
Once again, Btk will be used, it is not toxic to people, bees, pets or other wild animals. However, some people with severe allergies may wish to stay indoors during spray application or avoid areas to be sprayed on the day that spraying occurs.
Meanwhile, DATCP, DNR and USDA employees will be hang as many as 1,100 purple EAB traps around the state. Most of the traps will be set in counties where EAB has not yet been found. However, in the 13 counties were EAB has already been confirmed, some villages and cities may choose to set traps to find new infestations within their own borders.
Counties where EAB has been confirmed are Brown, Crawford, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha. DATCP asks that you do not move the traps.