RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -

State and federal agriculture officials are taking aim at an isolated infestation of gypsy moths in Southside Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is teaming up the USDA for aerial insecticide spraying Thursday in Halifax and Pittsylvania counties. The spraying will be conducted near the communities of Denniston and Ringgold.

The spraying will involve an application of a gypsy moth mating disruption pheromone. The treatment hampers the ability of the male gypsy moth to find and mate with a female.

The week of June 17, treatments will be conducted in the counties of Bland, Patrick, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Grayson.

The spraying will be conducted during daylight hours.