Aerial spraying to combat 'Spongy Moth Caterpillars' begins in Chicago suburb
AURORA, Ill. - Low-flying helicopters took to the skies over Aurora on Tuesday to release spray in an effort to deter "spongy moth caterpillars".
The initiative will continue with a second round of spraying scheduled for next Tuesday.
City officials assure residents that the chemicals used in the process are considered safe for humans and other creatures.
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The targeted pests, known as spongy moths – previously recognized as gypsy moths – are an invasive species originally from Europe.
The moths are notorious for causing damage to trees, making the aerial spraying initiative crucial to safeguarding the local environment.