Tree Pests: Gypsy Moth
(Map by Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Foundation.)
Some biologists estimate that the gypsy moth will arrive in Missouri by 2030, but we want to hold it off as long as possible. A very effective campaign to delay its arrival in the Show-Me State has been the efforts of the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Foundation, Inc. If successful, we might not see established populations of gypsy moths for quite some time.
In the meantime, if you travel to an infested state, including the entire northeast to Michigan and Wisconsin, Ohio and Virginia, check your vehicle and other items for the buff- or cream-colored, fuzzy egg masses and pupae so you don’t spread them. The eggs overwinter and the hungry larvae hatch out in spring when the trees are budding out.