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Old 5th January 2012, 09:41 AM
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The problem with our 4 legged friends is that inquisitive dogs can get too close to the wriggling procession and may pick up the hairs onto their paws, these irritate and so they lick them. Once the hairs are on the lips/tongue it will induce itching, swelling and possibly vomiting. Look out for the symptoms of : small white spots in the mouth and on the tongue, excessive drooling and chomping.
IF YOU SUSPECT YOU DOGS HAS BEEN IN CONTACT A VETERINARY VISIT IS ESSENTIAL IMMEDIATELY!!
In some cases partial amputation of the tongue is the only course of action.
THESE CATERPILLARS CAN CAUSE DEATH IN SEVERE CASES!

For humans and pets alike if they come into contact with these hairs, they can cause reactions ranging from mild inflammation and irritation to severe anaphylactic shock.

The worst problems occur if you make contact with the caterpillar directly and ingest the hairs, either by picking it up, stepping on it or moving them in some way.
Once on your skin a rash soon forms which can be incredibly itchy.
Medical advice should be sought if you are unfortunate enough to experience this. The rash can be painful, very itchy and lasts for as much as three weeks.

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What about the Moths - are they dangerous at all?

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The culprit is the pine moth. They fly at night. We had one on our terrace one day. They do not look like a moth and have huge eyes that appear to be watching you. It is the larvae of the pine moth where these nasty creatures evolve.

We call those caterpillars, Legionnaire caterpillars. Pine trees that have those hanging nets full of caterpillars, they can kill the tree if they have too much infestation. As others have said, stay clear of them. We see them quite frequently all walking in a line over track.

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As I understand it The caterpillars are mostly active at night when they are gorging themselves on their favourite food - pine trees. The only times they normally process during the day is when searching for a new tree to infest. This means that if you are going to clear a tree of its infestation you should do it during the day when the caterpillars will be "at home".

FIRST make sure that you are as safe as can be from the hairs (mask goggles, protective clothing, etc. As has already been suggested spraying with hairspray will help to keep the offending hairs under control, then carefully enclosing the nest in a plastic bag, cut off the branch/twig from which it is hanging. Seal the bag with the remains of the twig inside. Then consign the unopened bag to the flames. If you can then afford to do so, do the same with your protective clothing etc.

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It is the hairs that the caterpillar shed that are the problem.
As a moth it has no means of causing us harm, it is only during its development as a caterpillar that you need to be cautious.

One thing to look out for is the the white candyfloss like nests whicih are cleverly positioned for maximum sunshine on the sun facing side of the pine tree.

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As I understand it The caterpillars are mostly active at night when they are gorging themselves on their favourite food - pine trees. The only times they normally process during the day is when searching for a new tree to infest. This means that if you are going to clear a tree of its infestation you should do it during the day when the caterpillars will be "at home".

FIRST make sure that you are as safe as can be from the hairs (mask goggles, protective clothing, etc. As has already been suggested spraying with hairspray will help to keep the offending hairs under control, then carefully enclosing the nest in a plastic bag, cut off the branch/twig from which it is hanging. Seal the bag with the remains of the twig inside. Then consign the unopened bag to the flames. If you can then afford to do so, do the same with your protective clothing etc.


When they start on the move from the host tree they are looking to find a suitable location in the soft soil where they can burrow down to bury themselves and create a cocoon. This is generally several meters away from the host tree.
They will stay until next August when the cycle will start again. Some times you will have two batches of moths after they hahve come out of their cocoon. If the weather has not been conducive to them hatching they stay burrowed in the ground until the following year and hatch at the same time as the newer group.

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I once heard that when the little critters are still up in the nests they spit acid onto any poor unsuspecting mortal below. I have never found any definite confirmation of that though. Any thoughts?

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I once heard that when the little critters are still up in the nests they spit acid onto any poor unsuspecting mortal below. I have never found any definite confirmation of that though. Any thoughts?

Hadn´t heard t hat one! Although I believe their excrement is held within the "candy floss web" so maybe that is what is happening.....I had also heard that they exude a smell when on the move that attracts dogs

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Hadn´t heard t hat one! Although I believe their excrement is held within the "candy floss web" so maybe that is what is happening.....I had also heard that they exude a smell when on the move that attracts dogs
The little devils. I suppose there is a purpose for them being here but it is difficult to understand what it could be.

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Had some nest's a few years ago ,with help I put "rag's" which had been soaked in petrol over the nest's by using long poles & then set them alight.
It worked & never had a problem since.
Keep water at hand to put out any fires that start from the petrol spillage on the ground.

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