*******PLEASE SEE UPDATED MAP MAY 11,2021*******

 

                 ***** GYPSY MOTH PROGRAM UPDATE MAY 3, 2021*****                           

You may have noticed that the Gypsy moth Larvae are hatching out and you are wondering when we are coming to spray.

We require 3 Parameters be met to begin spray operations.

1. At least 9O% of the caterpillars need to have hatched out.

A BioSim Model is used to show 90% hatchout and depending upon your location we are between 10 and 17 days away from starting to spray. Please be clear that this is the earliest start date and NOT a "Must Start Date". Refer to the Map on the Website for your area.

2. 40% of the Oa k Trees leaves need to have flushed out.

We use Oak as it is the larvae primary host. The BTK must be deposited on the leaves to be ingested by the caterpillars. No leaves, no ingestion, no control. This is a visual observation.

3. Any required permit dates must be adhered to.

ln some areas we were required to obtain Authorizations from Transport Canada, and meet MECP requirements for Public Notification. We used dates provided by early BioSim models to request dates for application. Due to a warmer than normal spring we have seen the hatch move ahead however our start dates are rigid.

APPLYING THE BTK TO ALIGN WITH ALL 3 REQUIREMENTS MAY PROVIDE SOME ANXIETY AS YOU ARE SEEING CATERPILLARS, BUT REST ASSURED WE WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE GYPSY MOTH LARVAE CONTROL BASED ON OUR PROVEN SCIENCE BASED APPLICATION METHODS  

 

 ***** GYPSY MOTH PROGRAM UPDATE APRIL 26, 2021*****

By today all properties should be mapped and we are in the Invoicing Phase.

We will be providing Gypsy Moth larvae hatch data on a weekly basis until the program begins.

This is done through a BioSim model in combination with visual foliage observation.

Aerial applications will begin when we have 90% hatch and sufficient leaf out has been achieved.

To determine the earliest date range for the first application, match up the colour code with the location of your property or group property. The date adjacent to the colour is a GUIDE and NOT a must spray date.

Also if you see caterpillars hatching earlier there is no cause for alarm.

 

                                                ZIMMER AIR SERVICES INC

                        REACHES GYPSY MOTH SPRAY PROGRAM CAPACITY

Zimmer Air Services Inc. is a small company with finite resources. In the 1980’s under a similar severe Gypsy Moth infestation the OMNR carried out programs across Ontario utilizing over 25 bases and 35 Aircraft. We cannot duplicate that response. We simply do not have the equipment or infrastructure to carry out widespread Provincial programs once every 20 years.

If you are part of an established group, and would like to participate we will continue to fill in the blanks in that group, as it is easier to add your property then try to miss it.

BTK Orders must be received by the manufacturer by April 01, 2021 so regardless of what we would like to do we will not have the BTK to address late requests.

If you are looking to set up a new group program, or have a stand-alone property that you wish to have sprayed we will not be able to help you in 2021. If that makes you angry please direct that anger to the MNRF who does annual Gypsy moth defoliation mapping, and your politicians, “Not Zimmer Air”.  We have been the only private company willing to step up and help.

Once we have all our programs in place we will determine if we have any additional capacity. If you wish to send your information to our Gypsy Moth address gypsy@zimmerair.com, we may be able add additional properties up to March 31st, however there is no guarantee that we will have the capacity and urge you to start thinking of alternative  control measures for this year.

Please do not call to complain. It is neither fair to Zimmer Air staff or warranted.

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From setting up a program to the successful treatment and final assessment, we have carried numerous programs for the maple bush industry, cottage associations, rural property owners, Governments on Crown Land, and Municipalities such as Toronto, Ontario and Surrey, British Columbia where urban forests were treated in highly populated municipal settings.

Contact us to ensure you have the most capable team of private service providers in Canada working for you to meet the multi facet challenges of forest pest outbreaks. Although there are costs involved, it is an investment in maintaining property values, reducing costs or dead tree removal, and ensuring you can enjoy outdoor activities during pest outbreaks.

FAQ 2020

Gypsy Moth Natural Predators

MNR 2019 defoliation

Gypsy Moth Egg Hatch Date 2020

Foray 48B

Gypsy Moth Power Point Presentation 2020

Program Planning Requirements

Gypsy Moth Website Resources 

FOCA presents Understanding Gypsy Moth sponsored by Zimmer Air Services Inc.

Q & A Webinar-Understanding Gypsy Moth

 

 

 

Gypsy Moth Egg Hatch Regions
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