OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials are concerned about a possible gypsy moth outbreak in parts of the state.

The Times-News of Cumberland reports that the amount of acreage in Garrett County to be treated for gypsy moths has more than quadrupled this year.

The treatment of nearly 12,000 acres will likely start around May 20, depending on the weather, and spraying is also expected in Worcester and St. Mary’s counties as well as in other states.

Officials say the population of gypsy moths — pests that can destroy forest and shade trees in the state — is expanding rapidly. A fungus that had previously controlled the population isn’t keeping it down this year.
Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html

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