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LETTER: Reader urges people to be patient with gypsy moths

'The best thing anyone can do is to fertilize the ground upon which the affected trees stand so as to nurture them back to health,' says Barrie resident
2021-06-22 Gypsy moth caterpillar RB001
A gypsy moth caterpillar in central Barrie.

BarrieToday welcomes letters to the editor at news@barrietoday.com. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following letter is in response to a story titled 'City mapping will help pinpoint gypsy moth hot spots in Barrie' published on June 22. 
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Gypsy moths are part of the natural cycle.

In many outbreaks, the tree canopies have been denuded, but let's realize, the trees will grow new leaves.

All the leaf bits and poop that hit the ground are providing a second round of natural humus this year.

Meanwhile, rain and decomposition will clean their poop up in no time.

The moth provides food for critters, insects and birds and the extra sunlight that reaches the ground will aid the growth of young flora.

Be patient, they will disappear on their own.

The best thing anyone can do is to fertilize the ground upon which the affected trees stand so as to nurture them back to health. 

Dieter Mueller
Barrie
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