A new common name for Lymantria dispar, spongy moth, replaced the prior name of this insect, gypsy moth, in 2022. This change was necessary because the word "gypsy" is an ethnic slur and the former common name equated people with insects. For more information, visit the Entomological Society of America website.
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Spongy Moth (Lymantria dispar) Portal

Wisconsin's resource for identifying, controlling, and managing spongy moth

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Aerial Spraying in Wisconsin

The map to the right shows counties in which aerial sprays of spongy moth are planned for 2022 by state agencies. Treatments by the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to slow the spread of spongy moth will take place in counties tinted red. Sprays to prevent tree defoliation on Department of Natural Resources (DNR) managed state lands will be done at sites in the blue tinted counties.

Visit DATCP's interactive spray map to see where treatments are planned within each red tinted county and which products will be used. DATCP conducts aerial sprays to slow the spread of spongy moth in western Wisconsin. Traps are installed prior to the appearance of adult moths to determine where small, isolated populations may be present. These populations are then targeted using aerial sprays every spring and summer. To learn more about the program and find treatment updates, visit theDATCP webpage.

The DNR will conduct aerial sprays at Devil’s Lake State Park and Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit in the counties tinted blue. View detailed maps of the spray block [PDF]. These treatments are done to suppress outbreaks of spongy moth and prevent defoliation, stress and potential death of trees in campgrounds, picnic areas and other areas used by visitors.

During the spring and summer months, aerial spray information is frequently updated on the toll-free spongy moth information line: 1-800-642-MOTH. Press 1 to listen to a recording about current spongy moth spray plans. You can also subscribe to receive email updates about spray plans or follow DATCP on Facebook or Twitter.

Map of Wisconsin showing counties in red and blue that are being sprayed in 2022