If you have gypsy moth caterpillars invading your property, and you are constantly finding them on your home's exterior or on your trees and plants, you will want to take some steps in having them removed for good. While gypsy moths can be an annoyance, they really pose no threat to humans. However, having too many of these insects in your yard can pose a huge threat to your trees. Gypsy moths are known to kill over one million acres of trees each year. Because of this, it is important to do your part in removing them as soon as they are noticed so you save trees in your yard, as well as those in neighboring areas. Here is how to remove gypsy moths from your property.
When you notice gypsy moth caterpillars in your yard, you will want to do your best in saving trees they will use as a feeding ground. Gypsy moth caterpillars tend to eat from oak trees. If you have any of these present, wrap a few pieces of duck tape around the perimeter of the tree stump. Using a wooden craft stick, smear a tree insect barrier directly to the tape. This substance is extremely sticky, can be found the plant section in a home goods store, and will keep the caterpillars from climbing any higher than the tape. To remove, scrape them into a jar filled with water and mild dish detergent to kill them.
There are several species of birds that will eat gypsy moth caterpillars including blue jays, crows, orioles, robins and woodpeckers. Do your best to attract feathered friends to come to your yard frequently by placing birdhouses, feeders, and birdbaths on your property in areas where gypsy moths are prevalent. Keep any cats indoors and feed your birds seed around the same time each day so they get into the habit of waiting for their feeders to be filled. They will stay on your property and eat any caterpillars during times they are not fed seed.
In areas where gypsy moths are a problem to much of the community, you may have the benefit of government-ordered gypsy moth spraying. If you do not have an insecticide sprayed, call in a professional to do the work for you. A professional pest control company would spray around the exterior of your home as well as the trees from a ground-level. This method will not remove gypsy moths from the top portions of trees, but it will be beneficial in controlling the population.