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BOUNTIFUL WAR ON GYPSY MOTHS TO BEGIN MONDAY

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The war against gypsy moths in Bountiful will start Monday, according to officials with the Utah Department of Agriculture.

They said Friday that scrub oak, trees and shrubs from Eighth East to 950 East and from Seventh South to 850 South will be sprayed with the chemical pesticide Orthene."Spraying will be done by hand and will begin at 7 a.m.," Joe Beckstrand, state pesticide specialist, said.

"We've notified all 40 homes in the area and every homeowner has agreed to the spraying program."

He said the spraying will be a one-shot affair. "We'll spray once and then follow up later with a careful scrutiny of the area to see if caterpillars have been killed.

"We've put up gypsy moth traps all over the city, at about 1,000-foot intervals, and we'll check the traps later in the summer to see if they have collected any gypsy moths."

Utah Department of Agriculture officials announced last June 2 that they had found gypsy moth caterpillars in Bountiful and in Provo in the vicinity of 40th N. Canyon Road.

"We are still studying the Provo area to determine what to do there," Beckstrand said.

Officials said the gypsy moths stay in the caterpillar stage for about six weeks. Once they leave the caterpillar stage they go into a pupa stage for 10 days to two weeks and then hatch into a moths.

The male and female moths mate for about two weeks and then die, but not before the female lays an egg mass than can contain from 50 to 1,000 eggs.

The egg masses lie dormant over the winter and the caterpillars hatch in the spring. Just a few egg masses in an area can cause a terrible infestation, officials said.