Protect your new neighborhood and surrounding natural areas before you move. Simply inspect your outdoor household articles (lawn furniture, yard equipment, outdoor toys, and the like) for gypsy moth egg masses and remove them. Without checking, you can unwittingly bring the moth with you and risk killing the shrubbery, trees, and forests that attracted you to your new community.
It's not just the right thing to do—it's also the law.
Download USDA's "It's the Law: Before Moving, Check for the Gypsy Moth" factsheet and required checklist to learn everything you need to know to safeguard your new community against gypsy moth.
You can save a forest or kill a forest. It all depends on your next move.
The gypsy moth is one of the most destructive pests of trees and shrubs to ever be introduced into the United States. Gorging themselves on leaves, gypsy moth caterpillars defoliate, weaken, and can kill more than 300 different species of trees. Since 1970, gypsy moths have defoliated more than 75 million acres in the United States. To help prevent the further spread of this destructive pest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires homeowners to inspect and remove gypsy moth egg masses from household goods prior to moving from an infested to a non-infested area.