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The insecticide that will be sprayed over parts of Howell - Bacillus thuringiensis - is nontoxic to human beings and other mammals, according to officials. It is naturally produced in the environment, however there is not enough of it to suppress the growing gypsy moth population.

Municipal officials in Howell, NJ have made plans to spray an insecticide over the city's densely forested areas in an attempt to protect trees from being stripped bare of their leaves by gypsy moth caterpillars.

State agriculture officials have said the spring of 2008 is expected to bring a gypsy moth infestation that will be worse than many areas of New Jersey experienced in 2007.

In the past Howell has participated in aerial suppression efforts to reduce, but not eradicate, the egg mass counts of the gypsy moth caterpillars.

The 2008 program is expected to reconvene in May.

According to Jeffrey Cramer, the director of the Department of Public Works, “Howell is engaged in two (gypsy moth suppression) programs. One is with the state Department of Agriculture and the other is with the Monmouth County Shade Tree Commission. The county program will cover 1,393 acres.”

According to Cramer, the areas of Howell that have been selected for treatment are based on the egg mass counts of each area, which are determined by the state and the county.


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