Gypsy moths, though small in size, have a ferocious appetite. They have a strong ability to reproduce. Being quick in migrating, they will travel away from the host trees. Thus, they will find their way into the most residential neighborhoods.
Very few of you would know that the gypsy moth was originally a breeding experiment that went wrong in the USA. They found plenty of trees to feed on outside the lab. Since then, gypsy moths have created havoc across the USA.
The larvae of moths called Caterpillars feed on the trees. The spring feeding will occur for 2-3 months only. However, the impact of their feeding can be long-lasting. Gypsy moths will not directly deteriorate tree health. The loss of leaves will invite other tree health problems indirectly. So, an all-round tree health assessment & management is crucial.
The larvae will turn to adult moths in a year and lay new brood eggs. This will continue the growth of infestation in exotic places as well. The foraging will cause potential damage next year, and hence effective moth pest control treatment is crucial.