How to Get Rid of Gypsy Moth Nests

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Gypsy moth larvae are very destructive.
Gypsy moth larvae are very destructive. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Gypsy moths are common landscape pests whose larvae can eat the leaves on a full grown tree within three days. They eat more than 500 species of plant life, which makes their control essential. The female gypsy moths nests by laying large egg masses in the trees, which can eventually contain more than 1,000 eggs. Destroying these nests will help control the population of gypsy moths in your yard. You can destroy the nests with household cleaners.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Knife

Fill a bucket with hot water. Add enough liquid dishwashing soap to create suds. Agitate the water with your hands so the soap is incorporated into the water.

Scrape the nests off the tree trunk with a knife. Dump the nests into the soapy water. Pick up any nest material that you drop on the ground because the eggs can survive overwinter in the snow.

Leave the nests to soak for 24 hours. Discard the soapy water in the trash.

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