Dangerous Pine processionary caterpillars15 Replies
The sun is out, and unfortunately so are this years crop of these deadly little creatures.Please keep your animals and children well away from them and stay well clear, (they can easily kill both animals and small children if eaten or their spines are inhaled, and will leave you with a hefty vet bill if your animals come into contact with the spines!).I have never yet found any advice about how to deal with them once they have left the tree, so devised this method myself.Firstly cover all of your body, including your airways before dealing with these dangerous creepy crawlies - I even wore a crash helmet!Boil up a good amount of sugar,water and the oil from the deep fat fryer (though any would do). Make sure it is scalding hot and sticky and pour over the caterpillars. They die very quickly and the spines stay put.I then sprayed them with hairspray, just to be sure, put gloves on and picked them up with a shovel and transferred them to a plastic bag.I then sprayed the ground with mild detergent and washed it all away with the hose under pressure, so that the dogs won't be attracted by the sugar.I've just found and destroyed 2 lines of them without incident or injury!Hope this helps some of you with this problem.