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3 counties added to Wisconsin gypsy moth quarantine

3 counties added to Wisconsin gypsy moth quarantine

By The Associated Press. CREATED Mar 20, 2012

MADISON- Three more counties are being added to Wisconsin's gypsy moth quarantine.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Tuesday that Ashland, Bayfield and Clark counties will be placed under federal and state gypsy moth quarantine on April 1.

Officials say trapping data and field surveys indicate the gypsy moth is reproducing and taking hold in the three counties. Those counties join most of eastern and central Wisconsin on the quarantine.

Because of inspection requirements, the quarantine will have the biggest impact on plant nurseries, Christmas tree growers and lumber mills.

The quarantine requires that Christmas trees, logs and nursery stock be inspected and certified gypsy moth-free before they can be transported into non-quarantine counties or non-quarantine states.

Gypsy moths feed on many species of trees and shrubs.