You may not think so, but we dodged a serious bullet last year in regards to winter moth and gypsy moth damage. Across the state, gypsy moth defoliated over 900,000 acres of forest and ornamental trees. Fortunately, a naturally occurring fungus that kills this caterpillar was able to become established in the population, and limit what could have been a devastating amount of damage. Not all the pests succumbed to this disease, so there will be gypsy moth around this spring - but how many remains to be seen.
The number of observed winter moth adults observed last year between Thanksgiving and New Year's was also low. There is a potential downside to this, however. It has been observed that when the number of adults is low, then the vast majority of caterpillars that hatch will survive to pupate. That means LOTS of chewing by very hungry caterpillars!
If you have trees on your property, they are susceptible to one or both of these introduced pests. Our sister company, Grassmaster Plus offers treatments that can protect your trees from the smallest ornamental up to the largest shade.