The state Department of Agriculture wants to treat the parking lot of the South Hill Mall in Puyallup this spring with a biological insecticide to eradicate a “reproducing population” of the destructive European gypsy moth.
The treatment would involve three to five applications of the insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki, the department said in a news release. The insecticide is found naturally in the environment and is registered for use by the Environmental Protection Agency, the release said.
There are no homes in the proposed application area, the release said.
The plan isn’t a done deal. The department will consult with state and federal agencies and take public comment before the treatment is approved. An open house will be held in January in Puyallup, the release said.
The last gypsy moth eradication project in the state was three years ago in Kent.