Midland County Overview
The Midland County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program began in 1986 in response to the massive defoliation of nearly one third of the entire County's forest cover. The Program was, and still is, funded through a popular millage voted on by the residents of Midland County.
The Program's goal is to suppress the number of gypsy moth larvae to an acceptable level in areas where people live. Eradication of the moth is not possible and attempts to eradicate the insect would surely meet with failure. The alternative is to manage the insect and its damage. This has been shown to be achievable throughout the Program's history. Careful monitoring and precise spraying has helped to keep the gypsy moth at a very low level in most of the County for nearly a decade.