The gypsy moth is spreading deeper into the stateline area and scientists are doing what they can to slow the spread of this tree killing insect.
Scientists have detected the gypsy moth in several areas, but it's the first time the moth has been detected this far west in Winnebago County. The gypsy moth is attracted to several species of trees including the oak that is dominant in this area. During the summer the insect feeds off the leaves, stripping the trees bare and killing them. So far, no damage has been seen here, but spraying hopes to kill larvae before any damage can be done. Spraying will begin in May and those doing the spraying say it is harmless to humans.
The problem with the gypsy moth began on the East Coast about 150 years ago and scientists have been chasing the insect across the country ever since.