Don’t Let the Gypsy Moth Gnaw At Your Texas Move

Fleeing a lab roughly 150 years ago, they first feasted on New England’s forests before blazing a destructive trail westward and southward. Their hunger seemingly knows no bounds.

Sounds like an eco-disaster movie poster, right? Well, this story is the real deal. Instead of coming to a theater near you, this menace might well be in your own backyard.

Introducing…the gypsy moth.

Moth Gypsy

Eco threat  

The government knows all about it…and they want you and interstate moving companies such as North Texas Movers of Denton, Texas to help. By the way: It’s the law. These pests represent such an environmental 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 vegetation appetite, the leaf-chomping culprits are the caterpillars—not the full-grown moths. These pests have defoliated more than 75 million U.S. acres since 1970.

Moth-infested areas

As one of the best movers in Dallas and best-rated moving companies for long distance, we’re discount movers dedicated to ensuring your move is the best it can be. We at North Texas Movers want you to know the facts about the gypsy moth so these pests don’t upset your move with a national relocation van line.

If you’re planning an interstate move to the Texas towns and cities of Abilene, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Greenville or Tyler, 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. Safe (for the moment) are such locations near our Denton, Texas headquarters as Shreveport, Louisiana; Lawton, Oklahoma; and Oklahoma City.

Pest patrol

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.

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.

Moving day

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 the team handling your moving and relocation services a copy of the completed checklist. That’s because 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. Let’s work together to leave the pests behind, safeguard your move and protect our environment.

About North Texas Movers

North Texas Movers will carefully transport your cherished possessions while we work together to leave the pests behind. Contact us today at 972-584-1097 for a free moving quote. We want to be your interstate moving company. Are you seeking the best movers in Dallas, Austin or Fort Worth? How about cheap movers in Texas, Oklahoma or Louisiana? We’re the discount movers who’ll go the extra distance for you. Contact us to learn how our moving and relocation services can improve your move. You’ll discover why people consider us among the best national moving companies.