Gypsy Moth Infestation in Quinte West
Help us take action by showing your support in requesting that the City of Quinte West fund and implement control measures to help combat the Gypsy Moth invasion.
The City of Quinte West and the surrounding area is experiencing a significant Gypsy Moth outbreak for the second consecutive year, impacting over 7,000 public and private acres.
Defoliation caused by Gypsy Moth in Ontario increased from 47,203 hectares in 2019 to 586,385 hectares in 2020.
Examples of Impact
- Inaccessible/unliveable outdoor spaces, due to the sheer amount of caterpillars
- Defoliation resulting in damage, reduced growth, stress and possible loss of affected trees
- Negative impacts on the physical and mental health of residents such as severe rashes and time dedicated to home control efforts
Control measures are confirmed to be the responsibility of the municipality as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry stopped funding programs on private land in the late 80’s.
The City of Quinte West has the authority to provide a necessary service and to pass by-laws to respect the economic, social and environmental well-being of the town, as well as, the health safety and well-being of persons.
Please show your support by signing this petition requesting that the City of Quinte West fund and implement control measures to reduce the Gypsy Moth population.