A number of people have collected hundreds of caterpillars and now our pheromone traps are collecting hundreds of moths, as we continue to kill caterpillars and pupae. The next step in protecting our trees, for those who decide they are interested, is to spray just as the eggs are hatching.
The company that is most experienced at spraying is Paul Zimmer at Zimmerair.com. Paul Zimmer’s company sprayed Etobicoke, London, Chandos Lake and many other recognizable places this summer. It is his company that sprayed our lake about 25 years ago. The park will not spray but we are allowed to spray on private property.
Click here to download the contract that explains the process. It needs to be completed for each property being sprayed. Each property owner would need to complete the form and in order to get a preferred price, and pay in early 2021 for spraying in spring 2021. Property owners need to get a waiver signed (click here to download) by neighbours who choose not to spray. In this case the helicopter will spray 10% less on the side of your property. It is best to get a series of properties in a row sprayed. In these days of google maps and GPS technology, the helicopters are able to be quite specific in the areas sprayed which is why they require specific information in advance.
The company monitors the egg masses, hatching etc., and sprays to get 90% of the hatch. It is followed by a second spray at the right time. The costs for spraying are in the contract. $357.00 for the first acre and $96.00 for additional acres. The product being sprayed is also used in organic farming.
Please visit the Zimmer Air website which contains valuable information to help you make a decision. Gypsy moth spraying The website has answers to all of your questions and aerial views of sprayed and unsprayed properties. We have 7 sequential property owners on our side of the lake around our cottage (lot 60) committed to spraying.
Many of us were here the last time the lake was sprayed and believe we saved hundreds of trees. The trees at risk with this invasion now include pine trees, which is frightening.
If you are interested, we will keep a record of properties to be sprayed and help with the required maps.
Please contact me if you have any questions,