Presentations to cover treatments in Boone, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago counties SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture will hold a series of public information meetings to explain its 2014 Gypsy Moth treatment program. The meetings will be held beginning next week at five sites in northern Illinois. The dates, times and locations of those meetings follow:
Tuesday, April 1 Parks Maintenance Facility 830 Hawthorne Road West Chicago, Ill. 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 Indian Prairie Public Library 401 Plainfield Rd Darien, Ill. 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 3 Joliet Public Library 3395 Black Rd. Left Joliet, Ill. 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 DuPage County Forest Preserve Headquarters 3S580 Naperville Rd. Wheaton, Ill. 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 10 Oglesby Public Library 111 S. Woodland Ave. Oglesby, Ill. 3-6 p.m.The gypsy moth is a non-native pest that feasts on more than 250 species of trees and shrubs, but its preferred food source is oak leaves. Large populations are capable of stripping plants bare, leaving them vulnerable to secondary insect and disease attacks. Severe defoliation also can cause tree death. The department intends to treat about 38,000 acres for the destructive pest at ten sites. Impacted communities include Aurora, Caledonia, Freeport, Geneva, Joliet, LaSalle, Romeoville and West Chicago. Infested sites will be treated with a mating disruptor, a gypsy moth-specific pheromone that acts as a sexual attractant and prevents male gypsy moths from locating female moths for breeding. The applications will occur by airplane in late June. Maps of the treatment sites are posted on the department's website at www.agr.state.il.us. Simply click on "Gypsy Moth" under "Hot Topics" in the middle of the homepage.