REYNOLDSBURG – Areas across Ohio are slated to receive gypsy moth aerial treatments by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in early spring to slow the spread of the destructive insect. Department staff members will host several open houses in treatment areas that will offer attendees the opportunity to speak directly with those who work with the program, learn about the pest, and view maps of treatment areas.
One of the scheduled treatment areas is a 113 acre tract in Union Township running northeast to southwest from Hawks Cove Court in The Reserve subdivision northeast across Deeds Road and Ohio 37 to west of Canyon Road. Notification letters will be sent to all residents affected by treatments.
All treatments will be applied from an aircraft flown approximately 50 to 100 feet above the tree tops. Residents may want to remain indoors during the treatments until the insectiide dries on the leaves (about 30 minutes), but there is no requirement to do so.
Treatment timing is dependent on insect development and environmental conditions. General timing is early to mid-May with a larvacide treatment and in mid-June, with a mating disruption treatment.
Citizens can also visit http://agri.ohio.gov/divs/plant/gypsy/gypsy-index.aspx to learn more about this pest and to view maps of the treatment areas. Those with questions who live near a treatment area in central Ohio will have the opportunity to talk with experts at the following open houses:
Licking County – Feb. 16, 6 – 8 p.m., Union Township Hall, 1380 Beaver Run Road, Hebron, Ohio
Perry County – Feb. 17, 6 – 8 p.m., Saltlick Township Hall, 136 East Main Street, Shawnee, Ohio
Delaware County – Feb. 18, 6 – 8 p.m., OSU Extension Office, 149 North Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio
Gypsy moths are invasive insects that attack more than 300 different types of trees and shrubs, with oak being the preferred species. In its caterpillar stage, the moth feeds heavily on the leaves of trees and shrubs limiting their ability to photosynthesize. A healthy tree can usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently damaged or dies.
Currently in Ohio there are 51 counties under gypsy moth quarantine, limiting the movement of regulated articles out of those counties.
To combat this problem, the department uses different types of treatment strategies to slow the spread of gypsy moth in Ohio. Officials have three programs aimed to manage the pest, including:
The “Suppression” program, which occurs in counties where the pest is already established. Landowner(s) must voluntarily request treatment to help suppress populations.
The “Slow-the-Spread” program, which occurs in counties in front of the larger, advancing gypsy moth population. In these counties, officials work to detect and control isolated populations in an effort to slow the overall advancing gypsy moth infestation.
The “Eradication” program, which occurs in non-infested areas where an isolated population occurs, often due to the movement of infested firewood or outdoor equipment. Department officials use control treatments aimed at eradication of gypsy moth from these areas.
Treatments used for gypsy moth control in this planned treatment area include:
Larvacide (Btk), a compound derived from a naturally occurring bacteria found in the soil that is effective in gypsy larvae control
Mating disruption product, flakes or liquid that disrupt the male moth’s ability to locate females
Gypchek, a bio-insecticide specifically used for control of gypsy moth
The department uses different types of treatments, depending on the location and extent of infestation. All treatments require an aerial application. Larvacide treatments will take place in early to mid-May, and mating disruption treatments will begin in mid-June. The treatments are not toxic to humans, pets, birds or fish.
Citizens who cannot attend the open houses and would like to provide official comment about the proposed treatment blocks should send correspondence to the department by February 29. Letters can be sent by e-mail to email@example.com. gov or by hard copy to the attention of the Gypsy Moth Program, Plant Health Division – Building 23, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.
Council clerk Valerie Hans said the mud is spreading across downtown parking lots as well.
“We have been working closely with the village, local businesses and residents to address any issues as they arise, including mud on the roads,” said Hicks Partners LLC Government Relations & Communications Manager Ian Nickey who serves as ODNR’s spokesperson on the dam project. “ASI Constructors hired a sweeping service that has been sweeping the roads six days a week and will soon increase sweeping to seven days a week. In addition, a new construction entrance has been installed at the North Shore location to better address mud and debris on State Route 79. Sweeping occurs every morning, but does not take place during snow events.”
Hans said she’s also fielding complaints about the trucks using loud engine compression braking, commonly known as ‘Jake’ brakes, within the village limits. Compression braking uses the engine to slow the vehicle, saving wear and tear on the regular brakes.
Council members discussed erecting signs to ban the use of compression brakes within the village.
ODOT District 5 spokeswoman Ericka Pfeifer said the village would need to enact an ordinance banning compression brakes’ use. “Once they have done this, they can notify ODOT and we will install signs,” she said.
• Carroll said a Lakefest committee is being created and this year’s Lakefest is tentatively scheduled for June 18. He said Phantom Fireworks will again donate a fireworks display.
• Zwissler said she continues to meet with Licking County Health Department Creating Healthy Communities coordinator Nicole Smith. The village continues to work with a Healthy Communities grant the village received last year.
“It’s important to remember that the Licking County Health department received an additional $59,000 in Special Project Funding in 2015 through our Creating Healthy Communities grant,” Smith said. “This was on top of our usual $95,000 per year. All of the special project funding was allocated to Buckeye Lake last year, so that is why you will notice a large difference between what was allocated to Buckeye Lake in 2015 versus 2016.”
Licking County Health Department Public Information Officer and Volunteer Coordinator Tabitha Haynes said this year grant money will be used toward developing a shared use policy in Buckeye Lake Village, whereby some church, school, and other facilities would be made open to the public. Grant money will help update a public tobacco use policy and be allocated toward development of a farmers’ market, slated to open 2017.
Creating Healthy Communities 2016 funds allocated to Buckeye Lake Village are as follows:
Farmer’s Market: $1,500.
Farmer’ s Market: $1,560 (tent, tables, sandwich board, etc.)
Tobacco Policy: $200 (aluminum signs, banners)
Farmer’s Market: $300
Shared Use Agreements: $3,500 (approximately $10,460 allocated to this across three priority communities, so approximately 1/3 is allocated to Buckeye Lake.)
• Water Supervisor Toby Miller said any clouding residents notice in their tap water is still safe to drink and is simply harmless rust stirred up in the underground pipes following hydrant flushing and large-scale drains on the village’s water distribution system. He said Millersport, which provides bulk water to the Village of Buckeye Lake, is working to eliminate rust in the pipes entirely.