Quarantine: What does it mean?

Spongy moth Caterpillar

When an area is quarantined, products that can carry spongy moth (Lymantria dispar) [formerly known as “gypsy moth”] must be inspected and found clean before they can be shipped to areas that are free of this pest. Products that must be inspected include:

  • Nursery plants and trees
  • Unprocessed logs
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Christmas trees

If moving materials WITHIN Wisconsin, contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

If moving products from quarantined counties within Wisconsin to unquarantined states or to other countries, contact the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The following brochures, available from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, contain detailed information.

  • Spongy (Gypsy) Moth Quarantine—What Does it Mean for You?
  • Going Camping? Don’t Let Spongy (Gypsy) Moth Hitch a Ride!
  • Saw Logs, Pulp Sticks and the Spongy (Gypsy) Moth Quarantine: Shipping and Receiving from Wisconsin’s Quarantine Counties (for loggers and saw mill operators)
Photo Credit: Bill McNee, WI DNR