Viable gypsy moth egg masses have been identified in two locations within the Village of Lakewood that cannot be reached using ground based treatment strategies. The Village will be conducting aerial spraying for gypsy moths at and around the locations north of Broadway and east of Wiltshire and near the intersection of Huntley Road and Oakwood Drive.
Gypsy moth infested sites will be treated by helicopter with an application of Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (B.t.k.), a naturally occurring bacteria used by gardeners as an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pesticides. B.t.k. is not considered toxic for people, animals, birds, fish, and other insects such as bees and ladybugs. Also, it does not harm water supplies.
As a general precaution, public health officials recommend everyone in spray areas minimize exposure to B.t.k. People who are more susceptible to infections or respiratory irritation should pay particular attention to the precautions above. This includes people with underlying illness such as leukemia, AIDS or other immune system deficiency, people receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment, and people with asthma, emphysema or allergic sensitivities.
The initial application is tentatively scheduled to occur on Thursday, May 21 or Friday, May 22, depending on weather conditions and larvae development. The Village will post signs in the spray areas the day before the aerial spraying. A follow-up application will occur 7-10 days after the initial application.
The gypsy moth is a non-native leaf-eating insect that feasts on plants and shrubs. Gypsy moths are among the most destructive forest and landscape pests in the United States. In large populations, it is capable of stripping plants bare, leaving them vulnerable to secondary insect and disease attacks. Oak trees are the most vulnerable to gypsy moth devastation, but the caterpillars will feed on up to 500 other types of trees and shrubs if oak leaves are scarce.
McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski says her hoffice is investigating the death of a man found unresponsive in Pistakee Lake in the early evening hours of May 11, 2015. Fox Lake Fire and Rescue responded to a call for a man found face down next to a dock in an inlet of Pistakee Lake (address of 35818 N. Marine Drive, Ingleside) by a friend with whom he was boating. Majewski says the man was identified as 58-year-old Daniel Schwenk of Burbank. He was rushed to Centegra McHenry Medical Center where he later died the same night. Autopsy and toxicology tests will be performed to determine the cause of death. An initial scene finding of being found face down in a body of water suggerts that drowning may or did play a critical role in Schwenk's death, according to the coroner. However, an autopsy is necessary to evaluate all factors. No suspicious or foul play is suspected.