The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have teamed up to educate movers and consumers about how to comply with federal regulations and stop the spread of gypsy moths across the country. The gypsy moth is a serious pest, deforesting tens of thousands of acres each year. Gypsy moths are commonly introduced to new areas through human activity like egg masses attached to outdoor household articles, such as barbeque grills, lawn furniture and children's toys. AMSA and APHIS have launched a consumer education program to highlight the U.S. Department of Agriculture's gypsy moth regulations for moving interstate household goods through an online campaign and on Facebook and Twitter.
Federal law requires that consumers inspect their exterior household goods for the gypsy moth, and take the following action: