NOTICE: Aerial Spongy Moth spraying - Ohio Department of Agriculture

Expect low-flying aircraft in northwest Columbus neighborhoods

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will conduct aerial spraying in mid-June to help suppress the invasive spongy moth (formerly gypsy moth). Destructive to more than 300 species of trees and shrubs, the spongy moth is considered one of the most destructive insect pests in Ohio, threatening forests and ornamental plants.

During the treatment period local residents can expect to see low-flying aircraft throughout the area. Aircraft flown approximately 100-200 feet above the treetops will deliver applications.

Treatments will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the Ohio Department of Agriculture will post signs around the treatment areas by 5 p.m. the day before. Individuals may wish to remain indoors, but there is no requirement to do so.

Visit the Ohio Department of Agriculture website for additional information, including the treatment schedule.

The Ohio State University Airport is not involved in the program, but the event often results in many questions directed to the airport due to the treatment application being done via aircraft. Any questions or concerns should be directed to:

Spongy Moth Program
Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 E Main St Bldg 23
Reynoldsburg OH 43068

Phone: 614-728-6400
Fax: 614-728-6453
Email: plantpest@agri.ohio.gov