West Virginia landowners in the Eastern Panhandle are among those who can help the state fight gypsy moths, the state's No. 1 plant pest.
This year's moth suppression program will accept egg mass survey applications from landowners in several counties, including Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in the Eastern Panhandle.
The signup period runs from now through Aug. 31.
The gypsy moth "eats a wide variety of trees and shrubs, and West Virginia's vast forest resources offer an ideal habitat for this invasive pest to feed upon," said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass.
The gypsy moth feeds on more than 500 species, including West Virginia hardwoods. Defoliation by gypsy moth caterpillars can kill trees, or weaken them substantially, making them more susceptible to other pests and diseases.