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Gypsy Moth Caterpillars Eating Away at Yards in New Jersey

The warm weather and rain of spring and summer always bring out invasive pests. This time, it’s lawns in New Jersey that are taking a hit. The gypsy moth caterpillars are back and in their six-to-eight year cycle, causing destruction in yards across The Garden State. This year was the first time since 2011 that New Jersey had to do some aerial spraying to control these caterpillars.

How to Control these Invasive Pests

June is the most frustrating month for New Jersey homeowners, as this is usually the time of year that gypsy moth caterpillars begin crawling away from trees and toward lawns and homes. We don’t recommend spraying insecticides on buildings because they usually aren’t efficient at killing these pests at this time, because they are not feeding. In addition, repeatedly spraying a large amount of pesticides in an effort to eradicate them could harm any local wildlife in the process.

The most efficient way to control these pests is to put an intensive neighborhood tree-banding program into effect. This method of pest control will help eliminate most of the gypsy moth caterpillars in neighborhood homes and lawns.

If you find that your home’s lawn has become overrun by gypsy moth caterpillars, don’t hesitate to contact the New Jersey pest control professionals at J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc at (800) 479-2284. We would be happy to visit your property and give you a free estimate on our services.

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