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Gypsy moth spread alarms state officials

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The spread of gypsy moths is alarming Iowa officials, who fear the tree damage done by the moths' caterpillar stage.  State bug experts say 2,260 male gypsy moths were recorded in Iowa last year, up from 82 in 2009. Officials say Iowa can control the gypsy moths' spread but probably can't stop it.  The Dept. of Natural Resources says Iowa could lose $22 million a year in wood products if the moths were to take hold in the state.

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