Protect your new neighborhood and surrounding natural areas before you move. Simply inspect your outdoor household articles (lawn furniture, yard equipment, outdoor toys, and the like) for gypsy moth egg masses and remove them. Without checking, you can unwittingly bring the moth with you and risk killing the shrubbery, trees, and forests that attracted you to your new community.
Egg masses on lawn mower
Female (top) and Male Gypsy Moth
Print a copy of the self-inspection checklist or hire a participating state-licensed pesticide applicator to inspect your outdoor household articles. Check items off on your checklist.
Carefully inspect all of your outdoor household articles like patio furniture, children's toys, and lawn equipment for gypsy moth egg masses. Remove and destroy any egg masses you find (see the checklist for instructions).
Keep a copy of your completed checklist in the moving van in case it is requested by a USDA official at any point during your trip. This completed checklist is an official certificate that will satisfy the requirements of all noninfested States.