Expect gypsy moth suppression spraying in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa this week
Published: May 26, 2009 by the Central Office
Contact(s): Colleen Robinson-Klug (608) 516-3328
Madison - Aeriel spraying to protect trees from defoliation by gypsy moth is expected to take place in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, May 26th. Milwaukee County has requested this spray treatment in several parks where gypsy moth populations are high.
Spraying is weather dependent and will begin after the Memorial Day holiday, when weather conditions are favorable. Program staff look for calm to light wind and no rain in the immediate forecast.
Typically, spraying begins at dawn, although it can occur any time of day as weather allows. Spray planes fly low and are noisy. The twin engine plane used in this spring's Suppression Program is louder than other planes used in previous years to protect Milwaukee and Wauwatosa parks and properties from gypsy moth damage. Residents should be aware and expect a potential early morning flight.
Residents in treatment areas may wish to stay indoors with the windows closed or avoid areas to be sprayed while spraying is taking place. The spray is not harmful to people or pets but can be sticky. It is easily washed off with soap and water.
DNR offers two ways for residents to stay notified of spray plans:
- Call the toll-free information line at 1-800-642-MOTH (6684). Menu option # 1 offers daily updates of spray plans.
- Subscribe to receive e-mail notification of spray activities by visiting Wisconsin Gypsy Moth
You can also view maps of the specific spray areas online. Visit Wisconsin Gypsy Moth and click on Milwaukee County on the yellow and blue Wisconsin map. The parks scheduled for spraying this week include Jackson, Kern, Riverside, Sherman, Washington and Wilson Parks. The Wauwatosa cemetery and one block west to 81st Street will also be sprayed.