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Gypsy moth population triples in Iowa

DES MOINES (KWWL)-- Iowa trees may be in danger and it's not because of the weather.

State environmentalists say they have captured more than 600 gypsy moths in traps this year so far, tripling the 175 caught last year.

The pests eat the leaves, making the trees unable to produce enough food. That can  eventually kill the trees.

Environmental officials say the statewide trapping program and follow-up treatments have kept the gypsy moth from becoming established in Iowa.

However, the pest is established in eastern Wisconsin and is beginning to move toward northeast Iowa.

Online Producer: Michelle Caldwell

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