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The gypsy moth cometh

Imagine if thousands of grizzly bears descended upon Kitsap County, looking to feed on human flesh and devour the peninsula’s population.

From a tree’s or plant’s perspective, that’s exactly the plight most every species faces when dealing with a particularly devastating kind of moth.

By now, “Lymantria dispar” — more commonly known as the “gypsy moth” — has begun its tirade, chowing down on the some of the county’s most lush green spaces. Though far more prevalent on the east coast, the moths consume about 1 million acres per year of foliage around the U.S.

However, the moth’s days in Washington may be numbered, thanks to efforts by Harold Frost and others in the Pest Control Division of the Washington Department of Agriculture.

Frost oversees seven other trappers in a six-county area, from Clallam to Pierce to Mason to Kitsap. He said local trapper Clifford Head has installed more than 900 devices in Kitsap County alone.

The bucolic neighborhood of Evergreen Ridge, just above Keyport, has the

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