Monitor Gypsy Moth Populations for Slow the Spread Program

Grants and Contracts Details


For the 2012 program, the surveyors will be trapping in forty-four (44) quadrangles, which will take in all or part of a ten (10) county area. The ten counties include: Boyd, Carter, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Letcher, Lewis, Martin, and Pike. All counties will be trapped using a 3 kilometer trapping grid. Kentucky will be using the Pocket PC and GPS units for the STS survey following the STS protocols for entering the data. The Pocket PC will be the primary data collection device and the GPS will be used as a backup if the other should fail. The STS Foundation has established the procedures for data collection using the Pocket PC and will provide training and manuals. For data collection using the GPS this would include: Quad Code, Trap ID, Omit Reasons, Trap Condition, Moth Catch, Pass or Fail, and Failure Reasons. These codes will be used at the proper time during the trapping season. All trap site visits require (if used) the GPS unit to be stationary for at least 1 minute before “Marking” the location. This allows for the unit to get a good "average" GPS location. For each site, a paper record will be filled out as a back up to the GPS file, with the UTM coordinates and the same information as placement, inspection, and quality control visits. Surveyors will be provided (if necessary) with a Pocket PC and GPS unit, computer for the GPS download and all supplies need to do the survey properly. They must provide their own hammer and vehicle. We will be using the STS trapping protocol for the trapping season. Surveyors will get as close to the predetermined site as possible. If a suspect moth is captured then the surveyor will mail it for verification to the designated identifier as set forth in our training meeting. If the moth is positive, then the surveyor will go to the area and place "delimiting" traps in the area to see if there are any more moths in that location.
Effective start/end date1/1/125/31/13


  • Slow the Spread Foundation: $41,000.00


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