tent caterpillars poisonous? Generally
no. The hairs on the tent caterpillar can be irritating. Animals
(and children) may react
adversely if caterpillars are eaten (eating tent caterpillars is
not recommended). Back East in Kentucky, there is a phenomenon
occurring right now known
Syndrome. Kentucky has been experiencing an unusual amount of abortion
by mares (female horses). It is related to an outbreak of eastern
tent caterpillars. I do not believe we currently have to worry
this in Whatcom
County. To learn more about this, click here.
tent caterpillars kill my trees? Established trees
can handle at least 25% defoliation without experiencing any
ill effects. Tent caterpillars may need
to be managed if on very small, newly planted trees. Successive
years of heavy infestation may harm small, susceptible trees.
Tent Caterpillar Management
section of this web site to learn more.
I have a problem this year, can I expect a problem next year? Not
necessarily. Tent caterpillar 'outbreaks' are cyclical. Year-to-year
sizes are dependant on weather, climate, food and natural enemies.
Often tent caterpillar populations will dramatically decrease
after an 'outbreak' year. To see the cyclical nature of tent
caterpillars, visit British
Columbia's forestry pages to see
an animated map of western tent caterpillar populations since
a torch or flamer good to use to kill tent caterpillars? NEVER use
fire to manage tent caterpillars or any other pest! Fire is
dangerous, uncontrollable and unpredictable. More damage can be
caused by fire than tent caterpillars could ever cause,
so the risk in using fire is not worth it. Almost every year that
tent caterpillars are common, someone damages property or themselves
when using fire to burn the tents. Visit the Tent
Caterpillar Management section to see safe, effective and easier
forms of management.
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