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State will start treatments to combat gypsy moth

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) - The state next month will start treatments to combat the leaf-eating gypsy moth.

Treatments on 16,675 acres in western and southern Ohio will begin around June 23, the state agriculture department announced Thursday.

Planes will drop flakes of odorless molecules called pheromones that will disrupt gypsy moth mating, but won't kill the moth. The treatments are not harmful to people, animals or other insects, the department said.

Targeted counties include Hamilton, Butler, Clark, Greene, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto.

The gypsy moth feeds on the leaves of trees and shrubs during its caterpillar stage.

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