Because of cuts in the county budget allocated for the gypsy moth suppression program, 18 sites -- most in western county -- will not be sprayed this spring.
"Out of the 49 locations that qualified for the program, these places posed the least serious threats of damage," said Ricardo Uriarte, agriculture inspector at the Maryland Department of Agriculture office in Mount Airy.
Of the 18 sites, only one is east of Route 29, in a highly populated area in the Village of Long Reach, Columbia.
"Our office was told by the county administration that there wouldn't be sufficient funds to spray," Uriarte said. "Of course, those places not sprayed will experience defoliage problems. But it was a simple matter of numbercrunching and rankings."
The original budget allocation was reduced 33 percent, making the new total $30,000.
Gypsy moth caterpillars devour tree leaves in the spring, which can eventually kill the tree.
All residents who live near areas affected were notified by mail of the program. Letters are being mailed to residents whose sites have been dropped as well.
AREAS CUT FROM THE COUNTY'S GYPSY MOTH SPRAYING PROGRAM
001: Florence and Mullinix roads, Lisbon
002: Jennings Chapel and Jones roads, Florence
003: Bushy Park Road, Lisbon
006: Burnt Woods Road, Glenelg
007: Triadelphia and Carroll Mill roads, West Friendship
009: Manor and Frederick roads, Ellicott City
010: I-70 and Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville
011: Mount View and Sand Hill roads, West Friendship
016: near Taylor Manor Hospital, Ellicott City
017: Route 97 and Daisy Road, Daisy
018: near Triadelphia Reservoir
019: Route 32 and Linden Church Road, Dayton
020: Triadelphia Mill Road, near Trialdelphia Watershed
021: Nichols and Highland roads, Clarksville
022: Brighton Dam and Haviland Mill roads, Clarksville
024: near Rocky Gorge Reservoir and Beaufort Park, Fulton
038: Route 108 and Old Waterloo Road, Columbia
042: Rockburn Branch Park, Elkridge