By Anna McNeill
During the months of September and October the Clare County Conservations District sent out it’s Gypsy Moth crews to all 16 townships in Clare County to count the number of Gypsy Moth egg masses present in the county.
The crew conducted 1,835 spot checks throughout the 16 townships. Here is a breakdown of what they found by township
Winterfield had 83 spot checks with zero new and four old masses found.
Summerfield had 59 spot checks with zero new and three old masses found.
Frost had 134 spot checks with 18 new and 25 old masses found.
Franklin had 130 spot checks with 24 new and 25 old masses found.
Redding had 94 spot checks with zero new and six old masses found.
Greenwood had 118 spot checks with 29 new and 19 old masses found.
Hayes had 96 spot checks and was the only township to have zero new or old masses found.
Hamilton had 81 spot checks with 10 new and zero old masses found.
Freeman had 169 spot checks with 14 new masses and one old mass found.
Hatton had 55 spot checks with 13 new and six old masses found.
Lincoln had 229 spot checks with five new and four old masses found.
Surrey had 225 spot checks with 20 new and zero old masses found.
Garfield had 106 spot checks with two new and eight old masses found.
Arthur had 69 spot checks with three new and zero old masses found.
Grant had 135 spot checks with eight new and zero old masses found.
And lastly, Sheridan had 55 spot checks with six new and zero old masses found.
At the January 21 Clare County Board of Commissioner’s meeting Conservation District (CD) Administrator, and Gypsy Moth Coordinator, Holly Keenan, presented these findings to the commissioners and also informed them 2013/2014’s harsh winter could have been a factor in the survival rate of the Gypsy Moths and the number of egg masses located by the survey.
She also believes that Frost and Franklin Township’s will be the ones that the CD needs to keep an eye on since Roscommon County, which borders both townships, no longer has a Gypsy Moth suppression program.
Low numbers of egg masses were found in townships with no canopy, mostly farmland.
She also wanted to inform the commissioners and community members that they found a lot of masses on outbuildings, campers, trailers and tree species other than oaks.
She advised locals to check their campers and trailers for Gypsy Moth egg masses before moving them to help prevent the spread of the moth.
Clare County hasn’t been sprayed for Gypsy Moths since the spring of 2012 and Keenan says that since the survey did not show the typically needed 300 masses/acre, that they will not be spraying again this year.
The CD will be posting and publishing information on Gypsy Moths, how to spot their masses and how to get rid of them to help inform the public.
If you have any questions about Gypsy Moths, you can contact the Conservation District Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. by calling (989) 539‑6401 or stopping into their office in the basement of the Clare County Court House.