VENANGO PEST MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS
Gypsy Moth Suppression Program
The Private Residential Gypsy Moth Spraying program is conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Forestry. It is a cost-share program in cooperation with participating counties, or other local municipalities and receives partial funding for the USDA Forest Services. The objective of the program is to prevent gypsy moth caused defoliation in treated forest residential areas from exceeding 30% on 80% or more of the highly favored host trees.
To qualify, a residential land owner must contact their county, or cooperative municipality to find out if they are participating in the program. The land owner must have an area containing at least 20 acres of forest with at least 50 percent crown cover made up of at least 20 percent highly favored species. The land owner’s house must be within the forest or now more than 200 feet from it. The area mush contain an average of at least 250 healthy egg masses per acre or a reasonable potential for blow-in. The land owner must be able to pay the assessment for the treatment.
DCNR Gypsy Moth Suppression Program webpage
Black Fly Suppression Program
The Black fly spraying program is a joint effort of Venango County and Pennsylvania DEP. Field personnel of the DEP monitor the black fly populations along the major waterways in the county. These include French Creek, Sandy Creek, Oil Creek, Sugar Creek and of course the Allegheny River. When the populations reach a predetermined level, (nuisance level) the DEP orders spraying of the affected stream. Pennsylvania has contracts with aerial applicators that will then spray the designated waterways. The contractors use a product called Bacillus Thuringiensis Israeliensis (BTI). It is a naturally occurring bacteria found in aquatic soils around the world. It is a safe and effective alternative to the use of chemical insecticides. Spray notification is unavoidably short. With the variables of weather and stream conditions to contend with, a two day notice of spraying is all that can be managed.
DEP Black Fly Suppression Web Page