Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

The signs are pointing to another potential massive outbreak of gypsy moth caterpillars this spring. Egg masses have been spotted on forest trees from Nassau to Montauk, including Syosset, Smithtown, Holbrook, Islip, Patchogue, Riverhead, Cutchogue, Southampton and East Hampton. Cornell Extension’s entomologists have confirmed that parasitic wasps have been at work on the eggs, but their effect on the population has not been significant. If you’re a new homeowner or you’ve never experienced a gypsy moth caterpillar outbreak, you should know that they can completely defoliate both deciduous and evergreen trees swiftly and can kill certain trees in one season. We recommend two to three treatments from when buds first break in late April to mid-May right up through mid-June. Call or email us today to get set up at (631) 698-2929 or info@foxtreeservice.com. If you’re not signed up ahead of time it may be hard to get to you quickly in an outbreak!