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When it comes to potential pest issues on your property, moths may not typically be seen as pests, but in Calgary, the European Gypsy Moth (Limara Dispar Dispar) poses a significant threat to foliage and vegetation in both private and public properties. While some countries may view moths as good omens, the presence of the European Gypsy Moth can lead to extensive damage. Calgary authorities have historically taken proactive measures to prevent outbreaks of Gypsy Moth infestations, employing methods like aerial pesticide sprays, injections, and protective canopies for trees. However, in 2021, it was decided to focus on ground-based procedures to tackle infestations. This leaves property owners wondering how to address Gypsy Moth infestations. Pest Exterminator Calgary has the answers and solutions you need.

Pest Exterminator is the premier pest control service provider in the Greater Calgary Area. We implement preventive measures to safely remove pests like the Gypsy Moth from your property without posing any health risks or causing damage. Our goal is to ensure that these pests do not return in the future.


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Understanding Gypsy Moths

Gypsy Moths, originally from Eurasia, were introduced to North America in 1869 by early settlers in an attempt to establish a silk-producing alternative to silkworms. However, the plan failed, and the species spread rapidly, eventually reaching Canada. Gypsy Moth caterpillars are notorious for their voracious feeding habits, which can lead to the defoliation of entire trees, resulting in significant damage and even death.

Combatting Moth Infestation Calgary

To effectively combat a Gypsy Moth infestation, it’s essential to understand their life cycle. The process begins with egg masses containing hundreds to thousands of eggs, which are often found on various surfaces, including tree bark and outdoor furniture. These eggs can cause irritation or rashes upon contact with bare skin and pose a risk to humans throughout their eight-month incubation period.

Calgary Caterpillars

Once hatched, the caterpillars search for tree canopies to feed on, often using a method called “ballooning” to travel between trees. Each caterpillar can consume up to a square meter of leaves, leading to widespread defoliation if left unchecked. After feeding, the caterpillars enter the cocoon stage and eventually emerge as fully grown moths, continuing the cycle of infestation.

Effective Solutions for Moth Control and Removal Calgary

Several methods can be used to address Gypsy Moth infestations:

  1. Manual Removal: Scraping egg masses and hand-picking caterpillars can help control small infestations, especially during the warmer months when caterpillars are more active. Dispose of collected pests in soapy water to ensure their destruction.

  2. Burlap Traps: Wrapping burlap around tree stems creates a trap for caterpillars, making it easier to collect and dispose of them. Check traps regularly and submerge captured caterpillars in soapy water to eliminate them.

  3. Pesticides: Products containing Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki) are effective against Gypsy Moth caterpillars and can be applied to affected areas. However, larger infestations may require professional intervention.

  4. Professional Pest Control: Pest control professionals have the expertise and equipment to address Gypsy Moth infestations safely and effectively. They can provide holistic pest control services to prevent future infestations.

Don’t wait for Gypsy Moths to cause irreversible damage to your property. Contact Calgary Pest Exterminator for professional pest removal services that prioritize safety and deliver lasting results. Visit our website today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our services!


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