WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015—The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is surveying for Asian gypsy moth (AGM) in Pittsburg County Oklahoma.
Beginning in April, APHIS will set approximately 3,500 traps in a 200 square mile area that includes the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant and adjacent properties. We will set most AGM traps in host trees on public property, however to conduct a full and complete survey, we will seek permission from private landowners to survey their property.
The AGM is a destructive, non-native pest that feeds on over 600 types of plants. Female AGMs are strong flyers and can spread rapidly. If left unchecked, this pest has the potential to cause severe damage to Oklahoma’s natural resources and timberlands and could cost millions of dollars to eradicate.
AGM traps pose no risk to people, pets or wildlife. The orange trap is made of plastic-coated cardboard with openings on either end. AGMs are lured inside by a slow-release attractant (pheromone) and captured in the glue that coats the interior. If you see a trap on the ground, call APHIS at 405-609-8843 to report it.
During last year’s survey, APHIS detected a single male AGM in the county. We will continue to survey the area until we have three consecutive years with no AGM detections. APHIS safeguards U.S. agriculture and natural resources against the entry, establishment, and spread of economically and environmentally significant pests, and facilitates the safe trade of agricultural products.
For more information, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/agmsurvey.