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'It's kinda gross': Despite city efforts, gypsy moths bothering Byron residents

Gypsy moths are back with a vengeance in London's Byron neighbourhood.

City of London says aerial spraying not planned for this year

Neighbouring woods and a large population of oak trees have made Byron the prime home for the insect.

Gypsy moths are back with a vengeance in London's Byron neighbourhood.

In January, City of London arborists removed the insect eggs from close to 5,000 city-owned trees to try and get ahead of the issue.

But some residents in the area don't think it worked.

"There are black specks, which I guess are caterpillar poops, all over my deck, all over my front driveway, all over my vehicle ... it's kinda gross," said Glenn Stacey, who lives on Griffith Street. "Twice a day I blow it off as much as I can, and whenever I see them, obviously, I try to kill them."

While some cities, such as Sarnia, have sprayed affected areas — London officials say currently have no plans to do the same here.

For his insight on the situation, Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre spoke with Jeremy McNeil, a professor of biology at Western University who specializes in insect ecology.

Tap to hear their conversation.

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