Pine Processionary Caterpillars

Well, we had 5 nests of these horrid things. They are extremely poisonous, their hairs cause a flesh destroying reaction and can kill a dog. They are also dangerous to people, and to pine trees as well, they have killed many trees in France. The best way to eliminate them is to cut off the nest and burn it.  Well, as you might guess this sounded like a job for me and my weed burner!  Don’t I look very scary?  That’s a bottle of alcohol, those suckers are hard to fry!!  The nests were too high for me to reach, so our trusty tree trimmer, David, set his ladder up in the back of his truck and managed to get them all down.

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5 Responses to Pine Processionary Caterpillars

  1. hester gillespie says:

    I remember as a child when we had an invasion/infestation of “tent caterpillars”. We were to report any “nests’ we saw, and man they could be big, to an adult. I think there was a committee that then knocked them down and burned them. I have no idea what kind of caterpillar they really were or what they became. This looks like them. https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef423 . Aren’t poisonous though. yikes! h

    On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 11:40 AM, Dispatches from the Land of No (Non!) wrote:

    > chezbon posted: “Well, we had 5 nests of these horrid things. They are > extremely poisonous, their hairs cause a flesh destroying reaction and can > kill a dog. They are also dangerous to people, and to pine trees as well, > they have killed many trees in France. The best way ” >

  2. Peter says:

    Good for you. A friend of ours in Spain blasts them out of the trees with a shotgun. Not that we want to give you ideas!

  3. chezbon says:

    Hi hester, oh yes, tent caterpillars. Bad for the trees but harmless to other beings. But totally gross, they hang down from trees on web threads and get in your hair. Gross.
    bon

  4. chezbon says:

    Ooooooh, yes, shotgun. Wowzah. I saw a youtube of guys with shotguns loaded with bacillus thuringensis (bio control) shooting it into the nests. Pretty cool, but need shotgun. How is youse?
    bon

  5. Marval Grabner says:

    aaaargh!

    Sent from my iPad

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