DAFM issues trader notice on Oak Processionary Moth
The trader notice advises professional operators including nurseries, garden centres, landscapers, public parks, and local authorities to be extremely vigilant for the presence of this pest especially where Oak trees are established.
12 August 2020 | 0
In July, the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine’s (DAFM) Horticulture and Plant Health division reported the first interception of Thaumetopea processionea, commonly known as the Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) in a trader notice
According to the trader notice, the single nest found on one tree in a Dublin park and has been removed and destroyed, the wider intensified survey, including trapping, lures and visual inspections has not yielded any additional findings to date. The Oak tree was part of a consignment, now destroyed, which was imported from Belgium.
Ireland has a Protected Zone status under the EU Plant Health legislation for this pest.
The trader notice advises professional operators including nurseries, garden centres, landscapers, public parks, and local authorities to be extremely vigilant for the presence of this pest especially where Oak trees are established. OPM caterpillars cause damage to Oak trees and poses a risk to human health.
Suspected sightings in Ireland should be notified immediately to DAFM contacts below. Professional operators should not attempt to move or destroy nests of OPM caterpillars as they pose a human health risk.
These notifications should be emailed to DAFM at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 and OPM, please click here.
In the event that you have any queries in relation to this matter, please contact this office either by emailing email@example.com or alternatively by telephone (01)-5058885.