In this Columbus Dispatch article, Brian Heath from Davey's East Columbus office shares some insights about Ohio's plan to combat the invasive spongy moth.

Posted: July 10, 2023

Spongy moths have voracious appetites. Their feast of choice? Innocent plants. They can defoliate more than 300 kinds of trees and shrubs.Spongy Moth

"The caterpillars are kind of the definition of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar,' that book we read when we were kids," said Jonathan Shields, who manages the Ohio Department of Agriculture's spongy moth program. "They eat and eat leaves, and they can completely strip trees bare when their populations are high."

To combat the invasive species' destruction, Ohio has resorted to aerial attack.

To read Brian's thoughts on the plan, click here.

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