Have an environmental issue? The EOS meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm
at the Lebanon Township Municipal Building. Our meetings offer a public session for
township residents to voice their concerns. Please come to a meeting and let us know
what is on your mind.
Adam Duckworth, Chair
Sharon Hardy, Alternate I
Kathryn L. Koch
Lebanon Township Green Team
Visit the Lebanon Township Community Green Team Facebook Page
to learn about the exciting work our Green Team volunteers are doing.
The Gypsy Moth
The Gypsy Moth, commonly recognized in the larva stage as the caterpillar covered with spiky hair and rows of blue and red warts,
is one of the most notorious pests of hardwood trees in the Eastern United States. Since 1980, the gypsy moth has defoliated
close to a million forested acres each year.
Gypsy moth larvae prefer hardwoods, but may feed on several hundred different species of trees and shrubs. In the East,
it prefers oaks, apple, sweetgum, speckled alder, basswood, gray and white birch, poplar, and willow, but may also target
cottonwood, hemlock, southern white cedar, and native pines and spruces.
Homeowners can consider one or more tactics to help reduce gypsy moth infestation on their property:
- Remove objects around the outside of the home that provide shelter for gypsy moth larvae and pupae, such as flaps of bark,
dead tree branches, dead trees, boxes, cans, or old tires.
- Destroy egg masses found on outbuildings, on fencing, and in woodpiles. Egg masses can also be destroyed by painting
them with commercially available products, such as liquid detergents.
- Place burlap wraps around trees to serve as a shade trap for older larvae when they seek out protected resting
places during the day. The larvae can be manually collected and destroyed.
- Use barrier bands, such as double-sided sticky tapes, or sticky material such as Tanglefoot, petroleum jelly,
or grease, to prevent larvae from crawling up the trunks of susceptible trees.
Several useful links for further information on the Gypsy Moth and what homeowners can do to safely suppress the spread of
this pest are:
US Forest Service Gypsy Moth in North America
US Dept of Agriculture Forest Service Gypsy Moth
NJ Dept of Agriculture Gypsy Moth Suppression - Homeowner Fact Sheets
Regarding Black Bears
(9/22/10) New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists,
along with DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, are reminding the public to remove food sources from
around their homes to prevent difficult encounters with bears this fall.
Black bears are starting to fatten up for winter
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