The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be treating for gypsy moth infestations in several areas across North Carolina including one here in the High Country.

Treatment has just begun in some areas and will continue through June 20th.

The area locally that will be treated is the Baldwin Gap area, along the Watauga and Ashe county lines.

Chris Elder, the department's Gypsy Moth Program Manager, said overall there are 11 blocks and 121,638 acres in the state due to be treated.

Elder said the plan was to start around June 2 in Hatteras and spread across to the state, getting to the High Country around June 18th, with some additional days built into the schedule in case of delays.

Gypsy moths feed on the leaves of more than 300 different species of trees and shrubs, predominantly oaks and hardwoods, and severe infestations often lead to tree death.

Gypsy moth caterpillars can also pose concerns for people with respiratory problems.

For more information visit ncagr.com/gypsymoth or or call 800-206-9333. Spray start dates are posted at twitter.com/NCAgriculture.