CHISHOLM— The Minnesota Department of Agriculture planned to conduct aerial treatment as early as 5 a.m. today in parts of Chisholm.

A low-flying airplane was set to begin spraying a 135-acre area located east of Longyear Lake in the eastern portion of Chisholm with Foray and Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk). It would be the first of two applications to eradicate a gypsy moth infestation, which was identified last fall, according to a press release from the state Agriculture Department.

The state estimated the treatment could take up to an hour to complete and may be slightly noisy for those in the immediate and surrounding area.

The second application of Btk is scheduled to take place in about five to 10 days.

Btk is a biological product that is organic certified for food crops. While there are no known health effects for humans, pets, birds, fish, livestock, bees or other non-caterpillar insects, residents should consider staying indoors during the treatment and keep windows closed for a half hour after application, according to the press release.

Sprinklers and garden covers are options for residents during application. Soapy water will remove residue on outdoor items, though the MDA says it doesn’t cause damage.

More information can be found by calling the MDA’s Arrest the Pest Info Line at 1-888-545-MOTH and pressing 0 to speak with an operator. Residents can also visit www.mda.state.mn.us/gmtreatments.

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