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West Chicago prepares residents for nearby invasive insect treatments

Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013 8:51 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, June 23, 2013 9:10 p.m. CDT

WEST CHICAGO – West Chicago residents may notice low-flying aircraft in the area between June 24 and 26 that will be providing aerial treatments to control the European Gypsy Moth, one of the most damaging invasive tree pests in the United States.

West Chicago is not directly in the treatment area, but the treatments are close enough to the city that residents may see the yellow, fixed-wing aircrafts.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Slow the Spread Foundation are working with the United States Forest Service to conduct treatments to control the moth and its spread in northern Illinois this year.

The treatment also is part of a statewide program to prevent its spreading beyond the northeast corner of Illinois.

For more information, contact the DeKalb Office of the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 815-787-5476 or visit www.agr.state.il.us/Environment/Pest/gypsymothinIL.html.

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