Posted: July 22, 2022

In this Oak Bay News article, Dan Sharp from Davey's Victoria, British Columbia, office talks about three pest species that are posing a danger to trees. 

The spongy moth is back and dangerous as ever, says one Victoria arborist.

Picture of a spongy moth

Formerly known as the gypsy moth, the Lymantria dispar moth was introduced from Europe to the northeastern U.S. in 1869. The North American strain of the moth was first seen in B.C. in 1978. They’re a massive problem in Ontario, and trying to become one here in B.C.

The damaging part of their life cycle is the larval stage, as caterpillars will completely defoliate a tree, Dan Sharp told Black Press Media.

Keep reading here to learn how to protect your trees from these pests. 

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