[NAFEX] Tent caterpillars
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Jul 31 00:37:17 EDT 2006
Found something interesting about tent caterpillars, which are showing
up now. Conventional treatment is to spray or burn the nests.
Actually, if you cut the nest out and leave it a good distance (like
100 feet or more) from a shrub or tree, out in the open, the
caterpillars are usually destroyed by ants, birds, and other predators
in short order. The nest is their protection and when it's left in the
open, they have to eventually try to leave to find a new tree. When
they do, the individual caterpillars are exposed and vulnerable to all
sorts of insect eaters, including other insects. They don't feed on
grass, so if they are too far from a food source, they can also starve
trying to crawl to another host.
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http://www.bunchgrapes.com Winner of the Garden Writers Association
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
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