Gypsy Moth Public Meeting on February 2nd has been rescheduled for Thurs. Feb. 3rd

January 28, 2011
Darren Marsh, Dane County Land and Water Resources-Parks Division, (608) 224-3766 Lisa Johnson, Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator, (608) 224-3715
Land & Water Resources


February 3, 2011
7:00 pm
Lyman F. Anderson Agriculture & Conservation Center
1 Fen Oak Court – Conference Room 121A Madison, WI 53718

Dane County Parks, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Dane County Tree Board will hold a public information forum about the 2011 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program in Dane County on February 2, 2011.  The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at the Lyman Anderson Agriculture and Conservation Center, 1 Fen Oak Court, Madison WI 53718.  Representatives from the three agencies will provide information on the biology and life cycle of the gypsy moth and discuss gypsy moth management and control.  Questions from the public will be welcomed.

The gypsy moth population is down statewide and in Dane County.  However, there are still certain locations within the County that have similar or higher populations than last year. The gypsy moth can be a serious tree pest.  In large populations, gypsy moths can defoliate trees and kill those that are already under stress.  In addition, some people experience allergic reactions caused by contact with gypsy moth egg cases or caterpillars. The Gypsy Moth Suppression Program is intended to help reduce these effects.  In mid-May to early June, a small low-flying airplane will apply Foray®, a bacterial insecticide containing Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (Btk).  Btk is a naturally occurring strain of soil bacteria that produces proteins that interact with bacteria in the digestive tracts of gypsy moth caterpillars to cause 90-95% mortality.  Commonly used by organic gardeners to control pests, Btk has no apparent toxicity to people, animals, or insects other than caterpillars. 

For 2011, there are 15 proposed treatment blocks, covering approximately 917acres within Dane County.  In comparison in 2010 there were 45 treatment blocks covering 2,954 acres within the county.  The 2011 treatment blocks include 12 sites in the City of Madison, one in the City of Monona and two in the Town of Middleton.  An overview map and details about each treatment block can be found below.  Treatment Block (Spray Block) maps will also be available for viewing on the Dane County web site and in early February at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources web site:

 Landowners and residents within the proposed treatment blocks have the option to request that their property or residence (as well as a 250 square foot buffer area) not be treated by writing to Darren Marsh, Parks Division, Dane County Land and Water Resources, 1 Fen Oak Court, Madison, WI 53718. Objection requests must be received in writing by February 18, 2011.

Treatment blocks run approximately with the following roads and streets:

City of Madison

Madison1: Arbor Hills-Milford Rd/Nottingham Way, Heatherdell Ln, Sandwood Way, Leyton Ln

Madison2: Orton Park-Jennifer St, South Few St, Rutledge St, South Brearly St

Madison3: Glendale-Crestview Dr, Parkview Dr, Woodlawn Dr, Indian Trace

Madison4: Turner Ave-Linda Vista Rd, Maher Rd, Douglas Trl, Spaanem Ave/Herro Ln

Madison5: Allis School-Monona Dr, Major Ave, Davies St, Jerome St, East Winnequah Rd

Madison6: Elvehjem-Eldorado Ln, Timothy Ave, Woodvale Circle, Ironwood Circle, Painted Post Dr, Vondron Rd, East Buckeye Rd, Brynwood Dr

Madison7: Kennedy Park-Goldfinch Dr, Agate Ln, Valley Rd, Twin Oaks Dr

Madison8: Worthington Park-Webb Ave, Rethke Ave, Worthington Ave, Clyde Gallagher Ave, East Washington Ave Frontage Rd

Madison9: Crescent Oaks-Esker Dr, Bultman Rd, Golden Leaf Trl, North Thompson Dr

Madison10: Carpenter-Ridgeway-Carpenter St, North Fair Oaks Ave, Powers Ave

Madison11: Warner Park-Trailsway, Monterey Dr, extends northwest into Warner Park toward Lake Mendota

Madison12: International Ln-Darwin Rd, International Ln

City of Monona

CMonona1:  Lake Monona shoreline, Winn Dr, Shore Acres Rd, Vogts Ln

Town of Middleton

TMiddletn1:Blackhawk Rd, Twin Valley Rd

TMiddletn2:Ox Trail Way, Richie Rd