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Gypsy moth caterpillars are becoming a nuisance to people

People are feeling frustrated as Gypsy moth caterpillars invade their trees and yards.

They appear to be everywhere and some people are even complaining of skin irritation if they are touched by them.

SUNY ESF Extension Entomologist Kim Adams explained the history behind the critters.


They were brought over here from Europe in the early 1900s for silk production, and ultimately escaped only to become well established in the east.

While there isn’t much to be done now, Adams said to keep an eye out for egg masses in winter that look brown and felt-like on trees and destroy them. She also stated that trees will not die and will put on new foliage in the future.



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