In this Wicked Local Dedham story, Jim Doyle of Hartney Greymont, a Davey company, shares what you can expect from gypsy moths in Boston in 2018. He details how many gypsy moth caterpillars are expected this year, what areas will be hit the most and how to protect your trees from damage.
Doyle works Hartney's Needham office.
Posted: May 1, 2018
In 1982, Massachusetts saw an invasion of gypsy moth caterpillars that stripped the leaves off millions of acres of trees.
And while such event isn’t on the horizon, those familiar eggs may start appearing on trees in higher numbers this spring.
Jim Doyle, an arborist with Hartney Greymont of Needham, said a soil fungus called entomophega maimaiga — originally from Japan but used in the United States to combat the caterpillars — has been absent due to a drought that occurred two years ago.