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Ledyard looking into spraying fungus to combat Gypsy moth issue

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Gypsy moths are getting out of control in the southeastern part of the state and one town is looking to stop them before they decimate any more trees. (WFSB) Gypsy moths are getting out of control in the southeastern part of the state and one town is looking to stop them before they decimate any more trees. (WFSB)
LEDYARD, CT (WFSB) -

They’re responsible for making trees in the summer, bare like winter…Gypsy moths are getting out of control in the southeastern part of the state and one town is looking to stop them before they decimate any more trees.

“They were all over my house, they've eaten all my trees. I have a lot of tall oaks,” said Lorraine Healy, of Ledyard.

She knows first-hand the destruction of the moths.

“My tree definitely had been stripped once, probably the year before, I just didn't notice it as much, the third time, they kill the trees,” Healy said.

The moths do the most damage in caterpillar form, which is when they ravage trees.

“Certain areas of town they've definitely had fully enveloped the leaves on those trees,” said Ledyard Mayor Michael Finkelstein.

He said residents have told him one of the most effective ways to combat it is aerial spraying of fungus.

“Back in the early 80s, there was another infestation that took place, and aerial spraying was effective, so a lot of people have looked at that, saying, going forward, we may want to look into this,” Finkelstein said.

On Tuesday night, the town's land use committee will discuss it.

Opponents are concerned about the fungus used, and supporters say since it's not a pesticide, it would merely target the moth…but if spraying were to happen, they'd advise people and pets to go inside anyway.

Supporters say if the moths aren't eradicated, they'll continue eradicating trees...and then, it'll be a safety issue.  

“These trees could come down on houses, people, roads, power lines,” Healy said.

If the proposal is approved, it will then go to council and if that's passed, spraying could begin no sooner than next year in the spring.

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