The Ohio Department of Agriculture launches its annual effort to prevent the spread of Gypsy Moths this week.
Crop-dusters will fly 200 feet above ground in in Franklin, Licking, Fairfield, Washington, Morgan, Athens, Perry, and Ross counties. They will spray an organic substance called SPLAT GM-O to prevent the moths from breeding. The department says the chemical is not harmful to birds, plants, pets or humans. The invasive species feeds on the leaves of more than 300 different types of trees and shrubs. More information is available on the department's website.