Official Pest Report

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar): regulated area established in Tazewell County, Virginia

Country: United States

Title: Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar): regulated area established in Tazewell County, Virginia

Bernetta Barco, APHIS’ State Plant Health Director for Virginia, at (804) 771-2042 or Julie Spaulding, National Program Manager, at (301) 851-2184

Report: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) expanded its gypsy moth (GM), Lymantria dispar, regulated area to include Tazewell County, Virginia. The GM population in this county has reached the threshold level to trigger the regulated area.

The Federal Order establishes Tazewell County, Virginia, as a regulated area in order to prevent the further spread of GM. Effective immediately, all interstate movement of GM-regulated articles from this county must be handled in accordance with the Federal Order. The Virginia Department of Agriculture has established a parallel State quarantine.

GM is a highly destructive insect of approximately 300 species of trees and shrubs. The GM program prescribes conditions for the interstate movement of regulated articles from GM quarantine areas. The Federal and State partnership works to limit the establishment of GM outside of the quarantine area resulting from human-assisted movement of the pest.

Under IPPC standards, Lymantria dispar is a pest that is present: only in some areas and subject to official control in the United States.

Posted Date: Jan. 3, 2013, 9 a.m.