Watch out for gypsy moths

When relocating, it is important that you look out for small bugs known as gypsy moths. Even though they may appear small in size, they have the power to cause considerable damage. The danger this insect poses is so large that some areas have laws to ensure it is kept out. Such restricted areas will need you to be fully inspected for insects to make sure all things being moved there are free of this notorious pest.

Definition of a gypsy moth

This is a kind of intruding bug that is normally found in the country’s northeastern region. They begin their life cycle in the form of caterpillars and cause massive destruction to hardwood plants and can be found on outdoor items most times.

The gypsy moth concern

They are among the most devastating bugs in Canada, consuming about a square foot of leaves daily. At this pace, they can bring down a whole forest. There are laws in place to prevent these insects from shifting in the hope of securing forests and other plantations.

Places under the gypsy moth isolation

Alaska, Oregon, British Columbia, Hawaii, California, and Canada are all quarantined. This isolation is overseen by The Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Canada.

Checking for gypsy moths

According to the law, all outdoor belongings that you plan to shift into or through the above places must undergo a thorough inspection prior to being packed away. Such items are inclusive of lawn appliances, toys, terrace equipment, etc. search for any moths, caterpillars, or clumps of eggs (brown in color).

Items at risk of gypsy moths

These insects are inclined towards orchids, woodlands, mountain-ash, apple, basswood, red alder, tamarack. Therefore, as you put away your items to relocate, give all wooden goods a thorough inspection and label them as “examined”.

Once your relocating crew gets there, tell them about the examination and the findings – if you found anything or not.

This step is crucial especially for relocation to a different province.

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