Connect with us

Great American Outdoors

Nature

How to keep the Gypsy Moth from traveling!

Growing up in Virginia, many weekends were spent camping or hiking Shenandoah National Park.  Often times, the adventures would begin when we hit the Blue Ridge Parkway and drove up the Skyline Drive.   I have tons of memories from those drives.  Big timber rattlers, a ruffed grouse hen with young, black bear cubs, Peregrine Falcons and huge whitetail bucks just to name a few. However, one memory that sticks in the forefront of my mind doesn’t involve wildlife, per say.  That one memory, unfortunately, is the destruction of our decidious forests from invasive gypsy moth caterpillars.  To this day , over 20 years later, the evidence is still there!

It is so hard to fathom how something so small can do so much damage.  Now, Rhode Island is working to educate the public on preventing the spread of this destructive caterpillar.  Keep reading on how you can do your part to save our forests from the vicious little creatures!

Trending: Here Are 15 Of The Most Venomous Snakes On Earth

“As campers prepare for their upcoming getaways, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is urging vacationers to inspect their vehicles and equipment to be sure they aren’t inadvertently transporting gypsy moth caterpillars to and from other areas.”

“Gypsy moth caterpillars are often found on cars, campers, motor homes, boats, outdoor furniture and equipment. To help slow the spread of gypsy moth to non-infested areas, travelers are being asked to carefully inspect, clean and remove any caterpillars that are found immediately before leaving on or returning from trips.”

take our poll - story continues below

Would election by popular vote be better than the electoral college?

  • Would election by popular vote be better than the electoral college?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Great American Outdoors updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

“An outbreak of gypsy moth in the mid-1980s defoliated 411,000 acres of Rhode Island forestland.”

Continue Reading 

GET MORE STORIES LIKE THIS

IN YOUR INBOX!

Sign up for our daily email and get the stories everyone is talking about.

More in Nature

To Top
STAY IN THE LOOP
Don't miss a thing. Sign up for our email newsletter to become a Patriot Outdoor News insider.

Send this to a friend