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State Completing Fight Against Gypsy Moths

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) -- The State of Illinois is close to completing its fight against the gypsy moth, which is laying waste to vegetation in several counties statewide.

As WBBM Newsradio 780's Pat Cassidy reports, the gypsy moth loves to munch, and destroy, foliage on more than 500 kinds of trees and shrubs.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is set to complete its 2011 eradication program against the moth by Monday of next week. By then, it will have treated 11,000 acres in Will, Kendall, Winnebago, Putman, Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780's Pat Cassidy reports


Aircraft will fly over and drop pheromone flakes on Joliet, Rockford, Stockton, Oswego, Lena and Channahon.

The flakes are not toxic to humans, pets or even most insects. But they do disrupt the gypsy moths' mating.

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