Aircraft to spray invasive moths in northwest Washington

WOODWAY, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials have scheduled an aerial drop of insecticide to stop an invasive moth and to prevent forest foliage damage. The Daily Herald reported that the state Department of Agriculture announced about 2 square miles in Woodway and an Everett neighborhood will be sprayed with more than 655 gallons of soil bacteria. Department spokesperson Karla Salp says the treatment is scheduled for Friday,  depending on weather conditions. Experts say the Hokkaido gypsy moths native to Asia arrived in Snohomish County forests last year. Gypsy moths first arrived in the state in 1974 and it has implemented multiple preventive measures since.