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Please be advised that gypsy moth egg mass surveys, conducted within Rockaway Township by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), indicate that gypsy moth populations will be very high again in May and June of this year. Rockaway Township, therefore, will be participating in a cooperative control program with the NJDA and the US Forest Service to preclude severe and permanent defoliation of trees in the Township.
The spray operation is expected to take place between May 15, 2017 through June 16, 2017 or until completion, and is not anticipated to last longer than three days, weather permitting. The exact date of application will depend on climatic conditions and the development of the caterpillars and trees in your area. Please see attached a copy of Resolution R-17-42, passed by the Township’s governing body on February 14, 2017, regarding same. Rockaway Township officials will be providing further notification via mail, social media and the Township website prior to gypsy moth suppression activities.
For more information about the State’s gypsy moth control program, go to: www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/gypsymoth.html. Should you have any additional questions, please call the Rockaway Township Division of Health at 973-983-2848.