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Gypsy moths doing a number on NJ trees

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 29 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 30 2013 06:12:03 PM CDT

An invasive species is doing a number on New Jersey trees.

An invasive species is doing a number on New Jersey trees.

State agriculture officials say gypsy moths have moderately or severely damaged nearly 2,900 acres of trees statewide.

Last year, the leaf-eaters only chewed through about a thousand acres' worth of trees.

That's the lowest mark since New Jersey started tracking this activity in 1970.

Still, officials say gypsy moth populations are cyclical.

They'll conduct a survey this fall to determine whether spraying is necessary.