The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that their aerial spraying program to combat gypsy moths has begun.
A statement released by the state agency on Wednesday indicates that four helicopters have begun the program in parts of northwestern and north central Pennsylvania, including Venango County. All told, nearly 42,000 acres of state forest land, state parks, gamelands and federal land will be treated in Venango, Clarion, Forest, Jefferson, Cameron, Potter. Tioga and Lycoming Counties. In addition, some 180 acres of private property in Venango County will be sprayed.
The DCNR last sprayed for gypsy moths in 2009.
The spraying program may be tracked online on the DCNR website. An initial look shows that Venango County is among the first areas that is being targeted.