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Published on Monday December 19, 2016
Authored by PEIISC

Todays post is by Jennifer Cameron, PEIISC Council member and Regional Plant Protection Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency / Government of Canada

Asian Gypsy Moth

The European strain of Gypsy Moth has become established in many parts of eastern North America, but did you know there is a more destructive Asian strain as well?

It poses a significant threat to Canada’s forests since it feeds on a wide range of tree species.

The problem with trying to keep Asian Gypsy Moth out of Canada is that they will lay their eggs on anything! Ships coming to Canada from certain ports in China, Japan, Korea, and far east Russia are inspected because the moths will lay eggs on any exposed surface, especially near light sources.

If Asian Gypsy Moth egg masses are found on a ship, it can be ordered out of Canadian waters until it has been thoroughly cleaned.

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