Are you moving to Oregon?  How about Alaska, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, or Washington? You need to know about the Gypsy Moth Quarantine.

There are 21 states that have areas quarantined in the US for the Gypsy Moth. To see a map of the affected areas, click here. To see a detailed listing of the counties affected, click here.

Why do you need to know about the Gypsy Moth Quarantine?

It’s the law! You must certify that you have checked your belongings for all stages of the gypsy month prior to moving from a quarantined area to a non-infested area. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in penalties assessed up to $250,000.00 per occurrence.

What is Gypsy Moth Quarantine?

The gypsy moth is a particular kind of moth that feeds on hardwood trees, leaves and shrubs at an alarming rate. Three hundred different kinds of trees are susceptible to damage or demise by the Gypsy Moth.  The Gypsy Moth defoliates plants from their base, completely killing trees, which have damaging effects on the ecosystem. At its most dangerous stage of life, the caterpillar, gypsy moth has been known to defoliate up to 13 million acres of trees in 1 season.

This insect can gestate on outdoor household items. The spread of gypsy moth is attributed to movers who were either unaware or failed to properly inspect and clear their items before moving to unaffected areas.

Gypsy Moth Quarantine

Gypsy Moth Inspection Checklist

Fortunately an inspection certification is easy to get. You can either do a Self Inspection or pay a State-licensed inspector to do it for you. Click here to download a self-inspection check list from the US government.

The checklist must accompany your shipment to ensure that it isn’t detained when it crosses into Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, or Washington. Moving companies will not move your outdoor items unless you can provide proof of inspection that your outdoor articles are free of all gypsy moth life stages.

Oregon’s Gypsy Moth Fact Sheet

Oregon is one of the states that is working hard to prevent an infestation by requiring certification for all shipments coming into the state.  There are two different kinds of gypsy moths, the Asian and the European, and Oregon is susceptible to both.  The European gypsy moth is usually transported via truck from the North East. The Asian gypsy moth is transported on boats coming from Asia and Russia.  Currently there is no infestation in the US by Asian gypsy months, but because the Asian female gypsy moth can fly, and the European female gypsy moth cannot, there is concern that if an infestation of the Asian gypsy moth occurs, it will spread at a much faster rate and cause much more damage.

Oregon Gypsy Moth Quarantine Fact Sheet

The Oregon Gypsy Moth fact sheet explains more about the Gypsy Moth and what kind of damage it can do:

Why is the gypsy moth a destructive forest pest? The gypsy moth is an exotic, highly destructive invasive species that has defoliated millions of acres of trees and shrubs in the northeastern United States. It is established in 21 states in the northeast and threatens new states each year. Gypsy moths can spread rapidly if not controlled and will feed on hundreds of tree and shrub species

 What kind of damage does the gypsy moth do? Gypsy moths pose significant economic, ecological, and recreational costs as populations defoliate natural and urban areas. Tree defoliation along streams can result in higher water temperatures and increased loading of organic material. As areas are defoliated, the entire habitat is affected. Fish and other aquatic organisms, as well as terrestrial plants and animals, can suffer due to the damage that they cause. Gypsy moths may prevent shipments of trees, lumber, and nursery plants by forcing quarantine restrictions, which will affect the economy of an infested area. Increased pesticide use often occurs once populations are established to keep their numbers from exploding. Caterpillars can induce rashes in those that suffer allergic reactions from contact with caterpillar hairs.

In summary, this is what you need to know about the Gypsy Moth Quarantine:

  1. Are you moving from a quarantined area?
  2. Are you moving to one of the states that requires gypsy moth certification?
    • Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, or Washington
  3. If you answered yes questions one and two, contact your moving company or fill out this self-inspection checklist.

Still have questions?  Gallagher’s Portland office is happy to help:  360-750-8830