The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting a public discussion of proposed treatments of the destructive spongy moth in Dare and Currituck counties after seeing an increase in reproducing populations from 2021 to 2022. Spongy moth, (Lymantria dispar) formerly known as gypsy moth, is an invasive insect that can cause tree defoliation and tree mortality.
The meeting will be held Friday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Kitty Hawk Town Hall, 101 Veterans Memorial Drive, Kitty Hawk. Staff with the NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division will be available to answer questions, take comments and provide information about the spongy moth lifecycle, problems associated with infestations, available management methods, and proposed treatment options.
Treatments are proposed for the following areas within Currituck and Dare counties:
- Kitty Hawk
- Kill Devil Hills
- Nags Head
- Oregon Inlet
Visit the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website for more information.