1 Aug

Keep this Pest from Messing Up Your Move

gypsy moth

Fleeing a small lab about 150 years ago, they first feasted on New England’s forests before blazing a destructive trail westward and southward. Their appetite apparently is limitless.

Sounds like an eco-disaster movie poster, right? Wrong. Instead of coming to a theater near you, this real-life menace might well be chomping up your own backyard.

Eek! It’s the gypsy moth.

Keep contained

The government knows all about it…and they want you and long-distance movers such as A2B Moving & Storage of Auburn, WA to help. By the way: It’s the law. These pests represent such an ecological threat that the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires those living in an infested area to inspect and, if necessary, remove gypsy-moth eggs from their household items before moving out of state to a non-infested location. An official inspection certificate also must be completed and submitted to the USDA.

Capable of killing 300-plus tree species via their voracious appetite for leaves, the chomping culprits are the caterpillars—not the full-grown moths—and these pests have defoliated more than 75 million U.S. acres since 1970.

As one of the top moving companies in Seattle, WA, we’re dedicated to ensuring your move is the best it can be. We at A2B Moving & Storage want you to know the facts about the gypsy moth so these pests don’t upset your move.

Inspection instructions

If you’re planning an interstate move to Seattle or Bellevue, Washington or even such locations as Sammamish, Redmond or Kirkland and relocating from any area within the following states, you’ll need to conduct a gypsy-moth inspection:

  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland
  • Delaware
  • Michigan

Other impacted regions are Washington D. C. and portions of Maine, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Search and destroy

USDA permits two eradication routes: Conduct your own inspection using the government’s self-inspection checklist or hire a certified pesticide applicator.

Doing the job yourself? Experts say to check for gypsy-moth egg masses on the surfaces and crevices of all outdoor household items, including mailboxes, bird feeders, grills, lawn equipment, bicycles, ladders, water hoses, patio furniture, toys and trailers.

If found, egg masses must be removed, then destroyed. First, scrape them off with a tool such as a putty knife or stiff brush. Then destroy egg masses (and other life stages, such as larvae) by placing them in a container of hot, soapy water or sealing them in a plastic bag and placing in sunlight.

Check it

USDA officials advise marking off each task on the checklist as it’s completed. If you’re hiring a third-party pesticide applicator, make sure he provides you with a completed and signed checklist.

Government officials say those moving between April and August should conduct the inspection on moving day (female moths lay eggs and caterpillars spread during spring and summer). If that’s impossible, items must be protected from possible infestation via temporary storage either by sealing them under a tarp, moving them indoors or stowing them in a closed moving truck.

It’s important to give your cross-country movers a copy of the completed checklist since a USDA or state official could request to view it at any point during an interstate move. In fact, USDA officials recommend keeping the checklist for at least five years after your cross-country move is completed.

Call us today

Seeking a moving company in Seattle considered among the region’s top-rated movers? Whether you need local or long-distance movers, A2B Moving & Storage are the movers in Seattle, WA best-suited to handle the job carefully and courteously. Since 2009, we’ve been the long-distance movers in Auburn, WA people confidently count on. Contact us today for a FREE moving quote: 206.419.5748.


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