Lambton Shores mayor says too late for gypsy moth spraying

Gypsy moth egg masses. (Photo labeled for reuse on Google courtesy of https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

A petition continues to circulate demanding Lambton Shores take action to control gypsy moths but the mayor says it’s too late to spray this year.

Nearly 1,500 people have signed the online appeal titled “Protect our trees against the Gypsy Moth. Demand action from the Municipality of Lambton.”

Mayor Bill Weber said there are some heavily infested areas.

“We’ll look at options on how we can educate and assist private landowners for possible spraying next spring, but that has to be done through research and investigation in the fall and over the winter,” said Weber.

Weber said some areas have been hit harder than others.

“The Deer Run subdivision is one, it’s across from the Pinery Park, and into the nature conservatory area in Port Franks, and parts of residential areas in Port Franks. It certainly must be not nice living there this year but I believe it’s too late now to spray to be effective.”

The City of Sarnia completed two days of aerial spraying for gypsy moths earlier this month.

Zimmer Air Services used a twin-engine chopper to spray 63.5 hectares of the prescribed area on June 1 and June 5.