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Message started by Bunter on Dec 1st, 2016 at 12:11am

Title: Pine_processionary Caterpillar
Post by Bunter on Dec 1st, 2016 at 12:11am
I seem to have a lot of the processionary caterpillar larvae moth nests in my pines this year  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(   ;D Hair spray the nests before dealing with them to contain the little buggers. Burn the blighters.  Treat will extreme caution.


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Title: Re: Pine_processionary Caterpillar
Post by JamJarChris on Dec 1st, 2016 at 10:17am
Burnt my first nests last - trimmed a few trees as well.

Found that I had cut down, and left, a branch containing  a nest that I had left. A few days after, I noticed that the caterpillars had abandoned their (now dead) nest and were crawling off.

Horrible buggers - as Bunter says - treat with caution

Seems to be earlier this year

Title: Re: Pine_processionary Caterpillar
Post by Betty_Swollox on Dec 1st, 2016 at 7:54pm
Thank goodness they don't like olive trees!

Title: Re: Pine_processionary Caterpillar
Post by Ritaratbag on Feb 17th, 2017 at 3:11pm
Caterpillars are coming out of the nests in the fir trees, each day now.
Keep an eye out for them if you live near fir trees, and if you have pets.

Title: Re: Pine_processionary Caterpillar
Post by chrispain on Feb 17th, 2017 at 6:14pm
One of my dogs was affected and has been quite ill. He has lost the end of his tonge to gangerine but 
with quick treatment hopefully will survive and adapt his method of eating.

Title: Re: Pine_processionary Caterpillar
Post by Ritaratbag on Feb 17th, 2017 at 8:14pm
Sorry to hear about your dog. Poor thing.
Hope he will be o.k.
There are fir trees with nests in a neighbours garden, and last year another neighbours cat was very ill, and was at the vets for a while.
This morning I noticed caterpillars in our driveway again.
They really are a nuisance.

Title: Re: Pine_processionary Caterpillar
Post by Bigyin on Dec 17th, 2017 at 11:45am
Just spotted our first nest this year.  Will be dealt with today :-)

Title: Re: Pine_processionary Caterpillar
Post by Ritaratbag on Dec 17th, 2017 at 1:14pm
Not good news?

Title: Re: Pine_processionary Caterpillar
Post by Bigyin on Dec 17th, 2017 at 1:25pm
Not too bothered.  We don't have pets and I usually manage to deal with them one way or another.

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