Virginia is Quarantined for Gypsy Moths

by Staff on January 19, 2014

Gypsy Moth Quarantine in VAAs a kid I grew up in a town that was so tiny that the town’s only doctor also served as the Medical Examiner and he was the entire local Board of Health.  He knew everyone by name, delivered most of the children, and he did house-calls for his patients.  When I had the chicken pox,  he had the task of pounding a “Quarantined” sign on the door of our house.  Apparently it was some kind of law requirement in those days (almost back when dinosaurs roamed the earth) and no one was allowed to enter our home until the doctor said it was not contagious.

Fast forward and I’m in a Quarantine Zone again.  This time it’s a Federal Plant Protection and Quarantine law, and it applies to folks who might be moving from an area of gypsy moth infestation.   Nearly every county in Virginia, including all of Charlottesville and surrounding counties, are in the Federal Quarantine area, and you can see a list of quarantined counties HERE.

The USDA issued a bulletin this week regarding how to get a checklist for gypsy moth inspection;… and how to do a careful inspection prior to moving so that no gypsy moths are inadvertently taken out of the quarantined area.  Homeowners and moving companies are both required to check for gypsy moth egg masses which can be found in typical places such as patio furniture or grills.  The moth debris must be destroyed prior to leaving the quarantined area.

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