New name, familiar pest: MSU Extension hosts spongy moth webinar

LAKE COUNTY — New name, familiar pest.

From 9-10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, Michigan State University Extension will be holding a webinar on how to prepare for the pest formerly known as Gypsy moth. Join an expert panel to explore how Lymantria dispar (newly-named spongy moth) became a naturalized resident in Michigan's forests.

Dr. Deborah McCullough, from Michigan State University; Dr. Steven Katovich, of the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service; Susie Iott, of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; and James Wieferich, of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will cover the unusual history of the spongy moth in the United States and here in Michigan, and what you can do to reduce some of the unpleasant impacts of an outbreak.

You'll learn tips to help stressed trees recover from defoliation and options to help reduce the nuisance around your home.