Pesticide Application for Browntail Moth

The caterpillars of the browntail moth release tiny hairs that cause itchy rashes and sometimes respiratory distress. In July and August the moths can be seen on structures. They have a wingspread of about 1 1/2 inches and are strongly attracted to light. Wings and midsection are pure white while the abdomen (rear part of the body) is brown with a conspicuous tuft of brown hairs at the tip. Fall is a good time to plan for next year—learn about removing nests during the winter.

General Browntail Moth Resources

Browntail Moth have irritating hairs.

Changes to List of Pesticides Allowed Within 250’ of Marine Waters in 2020

BPC Board Meetings

One of the agenda items for the January 15, 2020 board meeting is the new list of proposed pesticides allowed for use in the 50’ to 250’ zone near marine waters. The results of a recent risk assessment will be presented and discussed. Associated risk assessment notes presented below.

Documents submitted to the board for January 15, 2020 meeting:

Documents submitted to the board for July 18, 2020 meeting:

Overview of current regulatory framework for treating browntail moths near marine waters


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