Brown tail moth nests
Reported in the Trees category anonymously at 01:04, Wednesday 29 January 2020
Sent to Peterborough City Council 1 minute later. Council ref: 1966619.
During winter months the silk nests of these problematic caterpillars, that hatch in the spring in the thousands, can be seen on all the trees around The Tump. Trees surrounding the park, walkways, adjacent to the school entrance and around playgrounds are covered in nests. These caterpillars have no natural predatotors in the area and once they are out, cause a lot of problems to children and pets. The hairs spread and cause terrible itching and allergic reactions, and the school has to put up warning signs to notify people to be careful. They are a public menace and a health risk to small children. They also inhibit the trees growth because they strip the leaves and leave them completely bare. They also spread rapidly and once they are out, they are very difficult to contain and manage. These nests need to be removed before the spring.
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