"A warm winter and a warm spring and then dryness, we've got a pretty dry spring going, that all means good stuff for the gypsy moths," said Dan Mertz, DNR Forester at the Peshtigo River State Forest and Governor Thompson State Park near Crivitz.
"So far in 2012, we're running two to three weeks ahead of schedule for gypsy moth hatching and leaf development," said Bill McNee, DNR Gypsy Moth Suppression Coordinator.
That means the Department of Natural Resources expects to conduct aerial spraying earlier and deal with more gypsy moth problems this summer. But Bill McNee says past eradication efforts may avert the extent of defoliation in 2010.
"This year we have an even warmer spring but we have lower populations to start from. So the impact is unlikely to be anything close to what it was two-years ago," McNee said.
DNR foresters are marking egg masses near the Governor Thompson State Park boat landing and campgrounds, which are due to be sprayed late next month or early June. That spraying certainly won't take care of all of the gypsy moths. But it will keep them under control enough to keep from some spoiling some visitors' summer.
"It's a high use recreation area. People go there and it can be pretty nasty when the bugs are plentiful," Mertz said.
So the earlier the spraying, the better.
Local 5's Terry Kovarik has the story.