ODA Announces 2018 Gypsy Moth Treatment Project Open Houses

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While all is quite in the gypsy moth's world, much preparation is occurring in Ohio to manage future gypsy moth populations this year as part of the two programs ODA administers:  Slow-The-Spread and Suppression.  Recently ODA released the schedule for their 2018 Gypsy Moth Treatment Open Houses and the 2018 Treatment Maps. Treatment blocks have been identified and are planned in19 Ohio Counties. Treatments will occur after caterpillars hatch this spring and when weather conditions are favorable.  Treatments are made to protect trees from damage from the leaf feeding caterpillars like seen in the photo above. Additional information will be posted on BYGL this spring when egg hatch is anticipated.    


Currently, gypsy moth is in the egg mass stage.  Egg masses can be laid on any surface, including on plants, vehicles, buildings, firewood, outdoor furniture and garden art.  The caterpillars that hatch from the egg masses will be targeted with the spring treatments.

Gypsy Moth Egg Masses


Below is a schedule of open houses in counties where treatments are scheduled to occur. 


February 5, 2018

  • Sandusky County, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove (Buckland and Hayes Ave.), Fremont, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Perry & Muskingum Counties, Clayton Township Maintenance Garage, 4767 State Route 345, New Lexington, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


February 6, 2018

  • Vinton & Athens Counties, Lake Hope State Park Lodge (Dining Hall), 27331 State Route 278, McArthur, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Perry & Hocking Counties, New Straitsville Public Library, 102 Main Street, New Straitsville, OH, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


February 7, 2018

  • Fairfield & Hocking Counties, Hocking Township Hall, 1175 Cincinnati Zanesville Road, Lancaster, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Franklin County, Blendon Township Senior Center, 6330 South Hempstead Road, Westerville, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


February 8, 2018

  • Franklin County, Grandview Heights City Hall, 1016 Grandview, Grandview Heights, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Delaware County, Trenton Township Hall, 15495 Hartford Road, Sunbury, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


February 12, 2018

  • Delaware County, Delaware YMCA Community Center, 1121 South Houk Road, Delaware, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Allen County, Auglaize Township Hall, 7726 Bellefontaine Road, Harrod, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


February 13, 2018

  • Seneca County, Seneca County Fairgrounds, JR. Fair Building, 100 Hopewell Avenue, Tiffin, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Wyandot & Marion Counties, Upper Sandusky City Hall, 119 North 7th Street, Upper Sandusky, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


February 14, 2018

  • Marion County, OSU Extension Office, 222 West Center Street, Marion, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


February 15, 2018

  • Fulton & Lucas Counties, Swanton Village Hall, 219 Chestnut Street, Swanton, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Morrow County, Mt. Gilead Village Hall, 72 West High Street, Mt. Gilead, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


February 21, 2018

  • Washington County, Warren Township Activity Hall, 95 Coffman Road, Marietta, OH, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


NOTE:  Due to the small size of the treatment project no open houses are scheduled for the following treatment blocks:

  • Kingston Btk2 – Ross County

  • West Mansfield MD – Union County

ODA asks residents in these two blocks to contact the agency by mail or e-mail if they have concerns or questions about the treatments.


Gypsy Moth Program - Plant Pest Control Section

Ohio Department of Agriculture

8995 East Main Street

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068