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State ag officials to spray for gypsy moths

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  • A gypsy moth caterpillar eats leaves on a burr oak tree in Prospect Heights.

       A gypsy moth caterpillar eats leaves on a burr oak tree in Prospect Heights.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer, 2009

 
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The Illinois Department of Agriculture is getting ready to begin spraying for gypsy months, an invasive species that can kill oak trees.

The (Joliet) Herald-News reports the state agency plans to begin spraying parts of northern Illinois in the next several weeks. The aerial treatments are timed to disrupt the month's mating season.

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The invasive species can devour leaves on oak trees in its caterpillar stage.

Scott Schirmer, a plant and pesticide specialist supervisor for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, says the leaf-eating insects can lead to deforestation.

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