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Moving and Outdoor Household Items

Moving and Outdoor Household Items

Invasive species travel when moving.

Insects lay eggs on outdoor household items.

Patio furniture, lawn equipment, toys, grills, trailers, vehicles and other outdoor items are common locations for insects to lay their eggs.

Moths that can destroy trees and shrubs.

Female European gypsy moths can lay egg masses on outdoor furniture. When moving, people can unknowingly transport these pests to their new home where they can spread.

What's at risk.

Gypsy moth caterpillars defoliate, weaken, and can kill more than 300 different species of trees and shrubs.

Keep It Clean.

Clean lawn furniture and other outdoor items when moving from one home to another.

Check for egg masses and other signs of gypsy moths, then carefully remove and dunk them in warm, soapy water. And be sure to wash off all soil before you leave.

If you're moving, be sure to visit to learn the legal requirements to move out of a European gypsy moth quarantine area—which is most of the northeast quarter of the United States—to a non-quarantine area.

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