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WARNING Oak Processionary Caterpillar

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NudeJude Mon 30-Apr-18 16:54:23

I've been talking to a friend today who runs a garden nursery, and he asked me if I'd seen a warning that he put out on our local 'Nextdoor' website, I hadn't, but when I got home I read this, and thought that people should be warned, as soon as possible of this new danger. I also figured that we as grandparents should be aware, so that we can help protect our little ones, should this become a nationwide problem

This caterpillar has just arrived from the EU. It is very dangerous. It has long white hairs add short black hairs. Normally moves in twos and threes. It is covered in at least 5.000 hairs and everyone is toxic. If you touch 1 hair you will quickly start to feel sick. Your eyes will itch and start to close and in general you will feel quite ill. When the hairs are shed they will remain toxic for up to 5 years. If you see one do not touch or try to kill with anything that may cause hairs to be dispersed, such as putting your foot on it.

I don't want to be a scare monger, but would hate to think I knew this information, and hadn't passed it on.

tanith Mon 30-Apr-18 17:23:38

We have seen this warning and will take heed as we had these awful beasties a few years ago in our area my apple tree was infested they were awful.

Cherrytree59 Mon 30-Apr-18 17:35:03

Thanx NJ will get picture from net to circulate between family and friends.
Very scarey my DGC are at the age where all bugs are interesting.shock

Fennel Mon 30-Apr-18 18:32:43

That's very worrying - we had experience of these pests in France destroying an old pine tree - had to have it cut down.
As well as being a health risk they gradually kill the tree because they eat the foliage.
Also dog-owners need to be aware as at one stage in their development they come down to the ground. I've seen a procession of them crossing a road. ( This was the type that invade pines.)

Eloethan Mon 30-Apr-18 18:44:17

Rather disturbing isn't it. Who would think a caterpillar could cause so much havoc.

Also, speaking of dogs, did anyone see a recent newspaper item regarding Alabama dog rot, which is apparently usually fatal and, it is believed, caught by dogs walking in very muddy conditions?

Jalima1108 Mon 30-Apr-18 23:41:13

Thank you for the warning NudeJude

There are some pictures in this link: