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Posted on: June 20, 2022

Spongy (Gypsy) Moth Resources Webpage

Maturing spongy moth caterpillar. Photo courtesy of Brian Schildt, PDA

As of late Spring, College Township has become increasingly aware of a growing spongy moth (formerly known as gypsy moth) infestation throughout portions of the township.

College Township has established a new webpage  to provide information and resources to aid in the controlling this infestation. This page includes links to a wealth of information provided by Penn State University Extension, the State of Pennsylvania, Centre County Government and others.  

The spongy moth has been a destructive forest and tree pest in Pennsylvania since 1932. Infestations are cyclic and regional, so different portions of the state may be affected during each cycle.

This latest local infestation was discussed at the June 16th College Township Council meeting. It was noted that no township-level spraying program was budgeted in 2022 and given the current stage of the spongy moth lifecycle, it would be unlikely to implement one of any measurable benefit now. However, a spraying program for next season will be considered as part of the 2023 budget process. 

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