Published by The Town of Pine Knoll Shores In The Interests Of Its Citizens
Post Office Box 757, Atlantic Beach, N. C. 28512
VOLUME VI - Number 4 April I985
Noel Yancey - Editor
Joan Dawson - Associate Editor
Faced with the likelihood of another devastating infestation t>y tussock moths in
early summer, the town plans to attack the pests with an aerial spraying program which
has "been tentatively set for May 1 and 2. A Kinston firm which mes a helicopter for
PKS DECLARES spraying has been retained to do the job which will cost the town from
$5,000 to $6,000, Mayor Ken Hanan told the Bosord of Commissioners at its
WAR ON MOTHS April 9 meeting.
Art Browne, a member of a committee which planned the campaign against the
tussock moth, assured those attending that the chemical to be used in the spraying, BT,
is a specific against the moth but is harmless to human beings, pets, vegetation or
automobile finishes or anything else. He said the State Forestry Service is hopeful
that the spraying plus tiny wasps which prey on the moths will bring their outbreaks
^^der control. These wasps already have been introduced.
For the past three summers the moths in the caterpillar stage have virtually
defoliated trees and other vegetation in the heavily-infested area which extends gener
ally from KnoUwood Drive to the western city limit on the south side of Salter Path
Road — although there are a few infested areas between the road and the canal. One
of these is from Mimosa Boulevard to the east for a few hundred yards. Another is in
Beacon's Reach, The aerial spraying will be confined to these infested areas which
measure about 200 acres.
Most PKS residents have encountered the pests during visits to the Situm in late
May or June during the past three summers. They infested the walkway to the Situm by
"Tussock moths are devastating pests," said Browne who lives in the heart of the
Infested area, "They denude live oak trees, and after they finish with them, they go
after anything else available — azaleas, camelias, even vegetable gardens,
Browne said that if the weather or the moths do not cooperate for the spraying on
May 1 or 2 then it will likely be done aroimd the middle of the following week.
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