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Title: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on June 18, 2017, 06:11:19 PM
 :swear_mad:  I'm ankle deep in caterpillar shit.
It started off being small dry pellets the size of the head of a pin....sounding like a rain shower.
Baby worms would repell down on silk strands then climb back up again, lots of them on the house wrapping me in a silk cocoon. and leaving little furry corpses all over the place.

 Now the rain shower sounds like its constantly pouring out. The shit ball are about 1/8"  and big chunks of leaves are dropping with every breeze. The little bastards can't even eat a whole leaf... they just chew a straight line right across letting half of it drop to the ground. The poop pellets don't even hose off because now they're heavy and wet. Its ruining everything left outdoors, and a lot of trees are probably gonna die because of these fawk.
The DEEP doesn't see this as a problem.    It's merely an "outbreak"    WTF?
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Lambchop on June 18, 2017, 06:31:00 PM
I am in the same boat. Yesterday I went to leave the house after the slight rain we had. It didnt cross my mind but the little hill at the end of my driveway to Rt 66 is covered with their shit. I almost slid into traffic on Rt 66 because that shit was like ice when its damp.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: HankD on June 18, 2017, 06:49:38 PM
x3, big oak next to my garage is almost bare and the shite is everywhere! How long do these fawks live?
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on June 18, 2017, 06:52:44 PM
I can hear the crunching everywhere!  Like Dennis said - sounds like rain...  At this rate I won't have to rake leaves this fall
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Lambchop on June 18, 2017, 06:56:29 PM
What baffles me is that they appear to be eating my pines more than my other trees. My pines are nearly completely bare.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Prof_Oaks on June 18, 2017, 08:06:10 PM
My parents house in tolland has 25% of their trees completely bare thanks to those guys.  Half eaten leaves cover the roads.   You would think they could at least clean up after themselves...


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Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on June 18, 2017, 08:09:30 PM
Those half eaten leaves are sticky with Caterpillar juice and glue to your Jeep when driving over them!
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on June 19, 2017, 04:43:39 AM
The roads, and my Jeep, are a freaking mess from these bastards! I have a few really nice trees that I'm not sure if they will survive this  :swear_mad:
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: RedJeepster1 on June 19, 2017, 05:55:25 AM
Super thankful that my landlord has his trees sprayed a couple weeks ago. They almost killed most of his trees last year and the trees are still recovering. Thankfully the bugs seem to be much less of a problem now. The snakes on the other hand...
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: XtraChrisP on June 19, 2017, 07:20:57 AM
I tried to avoid them as much as possible by using a torch to their nests whenever I found them, didn't help. I still walk into their dang webs every time I go out my door, and X2 on anything left outside getting ruined. Annoying as poop
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: RobTJ on June 19, 2017, 07:38:16 AM
Lost 3 trees to them so far. 
And had to power wash both my white truck and LG's white WKII this weekend,  because of the wet crap that was sprayed up from the tires.  Awesome!!
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Ryean78 on June 20, 2017, 07:17:45 AM
These things are unbelievable! I don't remember them being this bad last year. What is the cause of the infestation? 


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Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: pote04 on June 20, 2017, 09:47:10 AM
No such problem up here in the north country. they don't seem to live up here. Several years ago when they were a big problem elsewhere, we had nothing.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: RedJeepster1 on June 20, 2017, 10:14:20 AM
Driving home yesterday I could tell by looking at the road where the infected trees were. The road was brown looking under every leafless tree that hung out over my road.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on June 20, 2017, 07:10:30 PM
No such problem up here in the north country. they don't seem to live up here. Several years ago when they were a big problem elsewhere, we had nothing.

Yet another reason to move north! Lol
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on June 20, 2017, 07:12:47 PM
Driving home yesterday I could tell by looking at the road where the infected trees were. The road was brown looking under every leafless tree that hung out over my road.

Before the rain I couldn't tell where the paved road turned to dirt on my into town.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Paul'TheGuest'W on June 20, 2017, 08:16:53 PM

No such problem up here in the north country. they don't seem to live up here. Several years ago when they were a big problem elsewhere, we had nothing.

Yet another reason to move north! Lol



I haven't seen a single one yet.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on June 20, 2017, 09:07:05 PM
I went to retrieve my company vehicle from my secondary driveway this morning...  fawk stained the whole car  :swear_mad:  I had to go to the carwash for the 1st time since I got it in 2013...


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/JeepinMaxx/Catapiller%20Crap_zpsqcph9kq2.jpg)

The three cars in front of me had the same stains!
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: RobTJ on June 21, 2017, 06:33:44 AM
So after decimating the large trees in the yard, they start going up in the smaller ones. 
Gorilla tape seems to be working for the time being...

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170621/5d32fd51925fa28fcc377e0a843ffc51.jpg)

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Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Gorilla_Skater on June 21, 2017, 06:36:35 AM
That cool! Is it sticky side out?

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Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: MasterDrazhar on June 21, 2017, 08:04:54 AM
That cool! Is it sticky side out?


Yes, sticky side out.  You can also put a ring of Vaseline.

  You have to add or change whichever you do once in a while.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: RobTJ on June 21, 2017, 08:50:58 AM
Vaseline on Saran Wrap works I heard.
Holds up longer with the rain.
 

By the time I finish the Japaneses Maple,  I had them crawling on my legs.   
They move pretty darn quick.

When are they suppose to turn?
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: DarthVader on June 21, 2017, 01:37:14 PM
I heard they should start turning into moths mid to end of July.


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Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on June 21, 2017, 06:34:53 PM
Rob - thanks for the gorilla tape trick!  You reminded me that I have a young Japanese maple I needed to tend to.  Just taped it up and luckily no caterpillars on it yet
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Johnny Cupcakes on June 23, 2017, 10:14:37 AM
Jesus H Christ they're eat all my leaves too, thinking about picking one of these up to handle the situation
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on June 23, 2017, 06:02:15 PM
Jesus H Christ they're eat all my leaves too, thinking about picking one of these up to handle the situation

http://xm42.com   :cool:
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on June 23, 2017, 06:39:03 PM
At this rate - I'm not to have to rake any leaves this fall!
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Lambchop on June 26, 2017, 06:35:36 PM
Looks as though the fungus finally got to them by me. All the trees are covered with dead carcasses and I havent seen one crawling around in a few days. To top it off I can actually hear birds and peepers instead of their constant chewing and shitting.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on June 27, 2017, 05:37:14 AM
They're all metamorphing now.
Flying and egg laying for next years wave is next.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: King of the Hill on June 27, 2017, 03:23:50 PM
I was just up in Granby and they were lined up all across the face of the garage.  I wasn't sure if they were staging to invade something or what. 

I live 10 miles west and don't have nearly as many at my house.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Lambchop on June 27, 2017, 05:28:34 PM
All my trees pretty much look like this covered with dead carcasses. By no means am I complaining!
(https://scontent.fbed1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19424246_1335430789827339_8652354461384800168_n.jpg?oh=76076274b3894949ec7709dfc5b59ba8&oe=59CFE39F)

Foundation of house looked almost as bad as this last week but hosed most off. Those that returned are dead as well.
(https://i0.wp.com/teepee12.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/caterpillars-2016.jpg?w=296&h=222&crop&ssl=1)


Just keep in mind if you see any of these......destroy immediately!
(http://www.massaudubon.org/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/departments/lww/insects/gypsy-moth-eggs-on-tree-c-bugwood.org/243468-1-eng-US/gypsy-moth-eggs-on-tree-c-bugwood.org_large_portrait.jpg)
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Broken99TJ on June 28, 2017, 07:14:44 AM
Holy Fawk! Are you kidding me  :eek: That's Crazy.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Lambchop on June 28, 2017, 08:51:47 AM
Holy Fawk! Are you kidding me  :eek: That's Crazy.

Those arent my actual pics but pretty much identical to what I was experiencing
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on June 28, 2017, 11:56:03 AM
I'm in an all out war against these things.
Seriously thinking of dumping bags and bags full of them onto the steps of the Capitol building and the DEEP building because none of those fawk think that this is a problem.
.... Nor do they have the money to, or even a plan to control it. It just seems like the "east of the river" don't rate.
Well  well  well....
....its gonna be a real fawk problem if I introduce these creatures into their "cushy utopia suburban neighborhoods.
Watch how fast the control fix is wipped up when the convertible BMW's and Audis of the west get filled up with worm shit.
Seriously ...if this happened in Greenwich or Stamford the residents wouldn't tolerate it and push the state to do something about it.....but because it ONLY the farmers of the east.....it's not REALLY a problem is it?   :swear_mad:
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Abrasion Sleeve on June 28, 2017, 12:46:59 PM
Nice rant. :mrgreen:

CT is broke, they have no money.  It's cheaper to ignore this than to do anything, period.  Not to mention, its nature doing what it does.  You can't suppress Mother Nature and if you think you can, than you believe you can also change the temperature of the planet too! :rotflmao: 

BTW I have a bridge for sale if anyone wants to make me an offer! :cool:
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on June 28, 2017, 05:04:54 PM
I'm in an all out war against these things.
Seriously thinking of dumping bags and bags full of them onto the steps of the Capitol building and the DEEP building because none of those fawk think that this is a problem.
.... Nor do they have the money to, or even a plan to control it. It just seems like the "east of the river" don't rate.
Well  well  well....
....its gonna be a real fawk problem if I introduce these creatures into their "cushy utopia suburban neighborhoods.
Watch how fast the control fix is wipped up when the convertible BMW's and Audis of the west get filled up with worm shit.
Seriously ...if this happened in Greenwich or Stamford the residents wouldn't tolerate it and push the state to do something about it.....but because it ONLY the farmers of the east.....it's not REALLY a problem is it?   :swear_mad:


Ain't that the truth!!
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on June 28, 2017, 05:06:00 PM
Nice rant. :mrgreen:

CT is broke, they have no money.  It's cheaper to ignore this than to do anything, period.  Not to mention, its nature doing what it does.  You can't suppress Mother Nature and if you think you can, than you believe you can also change the temperature of the planet too! :rotflmao: 

BTW I have a bridge for sale if anyone wants to make me an offer! :cool:

Broke yet taxes are through the roof..... how does that work?
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Paul'TheGuest'W on June 28, 2017, 05:48:06 PM
Ct is why you can't have nice things.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on June 28, 2017, 06:30:51 PM
Ct is why you can't have nice things.

Hahahahaha right!
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Abrasion Sleeve on June 29, 2017, 07:18:19 AM
Nice rant. :mrgreen:

CT is broke, they have no money.  It's cheaper to ignore this than to do anything, period.  Not to mention, its nature doing what it does.  You can't suppress Mother Nature and if you think you can, than you believe you can also change the temperature of the planet too! :rotflmao: 

BTW I have a bridge for sale if anyone wants to make me an offer! :cool:

Broke yet taxes are through the roof..... how does that work?

(http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/graphics/legislator.jpg)

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Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on June 29, 2017, 08:58:59 AM
   LOL     :mrgreen:     'nuff said
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on June 29, 2017, 06:24:55 PM
CT government is a joke!
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: MassXJ on June 29, 2017, 06:30:02 PM
You guys really want the .gov to come clean bugs out of your yard.

But complain that they intrude too much in your life
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Lambchop on June 29, 2017, 07:20:34 PM
You guys really want the .gov to come clean bugs out of your yard.

But complain that they intrude too much in your life

Nope.....I was contemplating collecting all the dead carcasses I can grab and freezing them in a huge ziplock. Next year thaw them all out, toss them in a blender and add that yummy mixture to a large bucket of water. If I used that water and sprayed the trees at the 1st sign of the bastards would the fungus that killed them this year reactivate?
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on June 29, 2017, 07:27:29 PM
Not clean it up, but slow/controll the spread much like is done with mosquitos.
But Bruce is right.
We don't even have a budget....not even close. 
DanHOLE is gonna be running an emergency mini budget soon.
They cant even manage themselves.
 
........Breaking news
AETNA is leaving the state of CT and moving to NY in a "fawk you Malloy" gesture.  :mrgreen:
They WERE the states BIGGEST taxpayer...LMAO
Now whatcha gonna do to get out of a deficit in the BILLIONS. fawk  tard :swear_mad:
way to go jackasses

sell caterpillar crap as fertilizer
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: MassXJ on June 29, 2017, 08:03:53 PM
you guys have all kinds of big tax stuff running to Ma for shelter ....

still doesn't help why you think the state should help with bugs in your yard
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on June 29, 2017, 09:49:18 PM
you guys have all kinds of big tax stuff running to Ma for shelter ....

still doesn't help why you think the state should help with bugs in your yard

Somehow this topic changed from caterpillars to CT government and taxes! The caterpillars in our trees are a natural event, happens every few decades...   The CT budget / DEEP has no responsibility on how they are handled
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Lambchop on June 29, 2017, 10:23:17 PM
So no one liked my bug juice idea?
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on June 30, 2017, 04:41:03 AM
So no one liked my bug juice idea?

I was wandering the same thing. Why couldn't we somehow grow that fungus and use it to control the numbers.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: SJJEEP on June 30, 2017, 05:56:17 AM
 My Dad used to say "too bad we couldn't breed the caterpillars to come out in the fall and eat all the leaves before they changed color and fell off the trees "
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Abrasion Sleeve on June 30, 2017, 07:08:40 AM
So no one liked my bug juice idea?

I think it would be worth a try, problem with that is if you have it in the Freezer, Monika may confuse it with something else and make a stew out of it! :eek:
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: MasterDrazhar on June 30, 2017, 07:54:38 AM

 Gypsy Moth Broth!    :rotflmao:
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on June 30, 2017, 12:40:08 PM
you guys have all kinds of big tax stuff running to Ma for shelter ....

still doesn't help why you think the state should help with bugs in your yard

Control (spraying) would need to be on a much bigger scale than average joe blow homeowner.
Killing a few thousand in your own yard is useless. It would be like trying to empty a lake with a turkey baster.

So no one liked my bug juice idea?

Not sure about your method working  :mrgreen:  but I think cultivation of the fungus sounds do-able
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on June 30, 2017, 12:47:21 PM

Somehow this topic changed from caterpillars to CT government and taxes! The caterpillars in our trees are a natural event, happens every few decades...   The CT budget / DEEP has no responsibility on how they are handled


Last I checked.... DEEP is responsible for the forest management and other environmental issues.
when you look outside in July and it appears as if it's January,...
IMO that qualifies.
(all destruction of property aside)
The areas hard hit last year, that were again hard hit this year are going to loose trees.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Abrasion Sleeve on June 30, 2017, 01:01:56 PM
Maine had a huge problem in the late 70s.  Trees will come back, not all will die.  It just looks bad.  Cycle of life.... :mrgreen:

Stop being such sensitive libtard northerners! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on June 30, 2017, 03:19:10 PM
Maine had a huge problem in the late 70s.  Trees will come back, not all will die.  It just looks bad.  Cycle of life.... :mrgreen:

Stop being such sensitive libtard northerners! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:


....affirming an earlier point that only those without this problem view it as a non issue.
         :)


Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on June 30, 2017, 03:20:55 PM
 (((Pictures Frank taking the situation into his own hands...)))
 ...he puts on a 9 holster belt and picks off catipillars with his glocks...LOL
....different gun for each worm as he methodicly stalks the back yard... :mrgreen:
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on June 30, 2017, 07:01:41 PM
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Paul'TheGuest'W on July 01, 2017, 09:56:25 PM
(((Pictures Frank taking the situation into his own hands...)))
 ...he puts on a 9 holster belt and picks off catipillars with his glocks...LOL
....different gun for each worm as he methodicly stalks the back yard... :mrgreen:

Tannerite is more effective.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on July 01, 2017, 10:13:19 PM
If I gathered a dozen folks to hand off a dozen or so of my Glocks with pistol caliber bird shot shot rounds we can end the the invasion  :rotflmao:  The crunching ended last week and my old growth 60+ year 4' trunk maples still seem intact...
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on July 02, 2017, 06:24:52 AM
Whats strange is they weren't eating the maples at all here and those are the trees that are covered with corpses. Munching and shitting has stopped and one of the maples is furry with dead ones just like lambchops picture.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: RobTJ on July 03, 2017, 07:17:33 AM
My trees are starting to come back!

These were completely barren a 2 weeks ago

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170703/1e2aafa6bc7f5e2b153988744c1ed9b2.jpg)


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Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on July 03, 2017, 10:17:31 AM
Good news Rob!  I had a feeling that might happen since we are barely out of spring...
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on July 03, 2017, 03:01:09 PM
Nice! Hopefully that will happen with some of mine
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on July 03, 2017, 03:33:12 PM
So now there's hundreds of brown moths fluttering about everywhere,
Its like a Steven King Horror movie.
If you listen you can just hear the evil in the background.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Lambchop on July 03, 2017, 04:39:47 PM
So now there's hundreds of brown moths fluttering about everywhere,
Its like a Steven King Horror movie.
If you listen you can just hear the evil in the background.

Sorry cant hear said evil.....too busy hearing hrs and hrs of fun!

(http://www.trickedbythelight.com/tbtl/clips/BugsLife.jpg)
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on July 03, 2017, 06:24:15 PM
About time to get one of those! Back in the day we'd put one over the keg and watch the carnage. I'm not redneck at all  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on July 03, 2017, 06:36:28 PM
So now there's hundreds of brown moths fluttering about everywhere,
Its like a Steven King Horror movie.
If you listen you can just hear the evil in the background.
  I have not seen any moths or cocoons, just some dead catapillars.  You need some bats - they eat the moths!
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on July 03, 2017, 06:56:59 PM
So now there's hundreds of brown moths fluttering about everywhere,
Its like a Steven King Horror movie.
If you listen you can just hear the evil in the background.

Sorry cant hear said evil.....too busy hearing hrs and hrs of fun!

(http://www.trickedbythelight.com/tbtl/clips/BugsLife.jpg)

I have two. I am a total redneck. Big beetles are most entertaining.
Turned them on today during daylight to see if it would attract them. Nope.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Lambchop on July 03, 2017, 07:02:42 PM
So now there's hundreds of brown moths fluttering about everywhere,
Its like a Steven King Horror movie.
If you listen you can just hear the evil in the background.
  I have not seen any moths or cocoons, just some dead catapillars.  You need some bats - they eat the moths!

Ohh I have plenty of bats but the sheer amount of gypsy caterpillars I had here the moths are already flying everywhere during the day. Nights gonna be nuts.

Im just hoping the fungus also kills off the eggs sacks for next year. I can see tons in tress way above my reach.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Paul'TheGuest'W on July 03, 2017, 07:52:32 PM
So now there's hundreds of brown moths fluttering about everywhere,
Its like a Steven King Horror movie.
If you listen you can just hear the evil in the background.
  I have not seen any moths or cocoons, just some dead catapillars.  You need some bats - they eat the moths!

Ohh I have plenty of bats but the sheer amount of gypsy caterpillars I had here the moths are already flying everywhere during the day. Nights gonna be nuts.

Im just hoping the fungus also kills off the eggs sacks for next year. I can see tons in tress way above my reach.

Bats get carried off by moths yet?
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Lambchop on July 03, 2017, 08:12:17 PM
So now there's hundreds of brown moths fluttering about everywhere,
Its like a Steven King Horror movie.
If you listen you can just hear the evil in the background.
  I have not seen any moths or cocoons, just some dead catapillars.  You need some bats - they eat the moths!

Ohh I have plenty of bats but the sheer amount of gypsy caterpillars I had here the moths are already flying everywhere during the day. Nights gonna be nuts.

Im just hoping the fungus also kills off the eggs sacks for next year. I can see tons in tress way above my reach.

Bats get carried off by moths yet?

The amount of moths Im seeing this is probably a pretty accurate portrayal of my bats.....

(https://www.askideas.com/media/15/Funny-Fat-Bat-Man-Image.jpg)
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on July 03, 2017, 09:27:33 PM
Big beetles are most entertaining.
Turned them on today during daylight to see if it would attract them. Nope.

Dennis - don't kill the beetles they kill the gypsy moth caterpillars!  I think they saved our trees...  Only a couple dozen of dead caterpillar carcasses on each maple tree...  I credit Calosoma sycophanta - the forest caterpillar hunter...  For every beetle you see, there are thousands around in the grass and in the woods
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: A new level on July 04, 2017, 04:45:15 AM
Big beetles are most entertaining.
Turned them on today during daylight to see if it would attract them. Nope.

Dennis - don't kill the beetles they kill the gypsy moth caterpillars!  I think they saved our trees...  Only a couple dozen of dead caterpillar carcasses on each maple tree...  I credit Calosoma sycophanta - the forest caterpillar hunter...  For every beetle you see, there are thousands around in the grass and in the woods

I wander if there's a way to introduce more of those. I know you can buy a box of lady bugs for you garden.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: harryhood on July 04, 2017, 06:40:12 PM
So now there's hundreds of brown moths fluttering about everywhere,
Its like a Steven King Horror movie.
If you listen you can just hear the evil in the background.


Sorry cant hear said evil.....too busy hearing hrs and hrs of fun!

(http://www.trickedbythelight.com/tbtl/clips/BugsLife.jpg)
I bought one of those last year to kill the moths. Just put it out again even though I've only seen about 10 of the fawk
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on July 04, 2017, 10:49:35 PM
Today - a couple dozen dead caterpillars and two or three gypsy moths...  I think my beetles and the phage / fungus may have wiped out the population !
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: HankD on July 05, 2017, 05:28:12 AM
So between working 7 days a week and being tired as fawk when I get home, yesterday was the first day I had time or the desire to clean the shat from our fuzzy friends off my Ford. Fargin took me all day between scrubbing and the pressure washer! I also noticed a zillion moths fluttering around, I need to do something to kill these bastards to avoid this mess for next year!
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Warner Sister Dot on July 05, 2017, 05:33:52 PM
From what I've read our mild winters have a lot to do with the high population.  Eggs cant survive a good cold New England freeze.  Not even our little brown bat friends will touch these things.  Spraying your yard only endangers the critters you want to keep like honey bees or butterfly caterpillars.   So, pray for snow. 
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: harryhood on July 05, 2017, 07:28:42 PM
So between working 7 days a week and being tired as fawk when I get home, yesterday was the first day I had time or the desire to clean the shat from our fuzzy friends off my Ford. Fargin took me all day between scrubbing and the pressure washer! I also noticed a zillion moths fluttering around, I need to do something to kill these bastards to avoid this mess for next year!

the maimaiga fungus is what kills the caterpillars. the recent springs have been to dry for the fungus to flourish. A large part of the state is seeing lots of dead caterpillars due to the fungus finally doing it's thing.

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Maimaiga-Fungus-431030363.html

Check for egg masses in your yard and destroy them to limit the outbreak next year.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Greenhorn on July 05, 2017, 07:44:58 PM
"Check for egg masses in your yard and destroy them to limit the outbreak next year."

That's what the fake news masses telling people.
  90% of all the egg depositing, is going to happen in the heights of the trees away from sight or reach.
You might feel a false sense of accomplishment by burning a few golden fuzzies on your favorite tree, and granted you just reduced the caterpillar population by a few hundred, maybe even a few thousand but you cant get the millions, if not billions of eggs up high.
Like i said, it like trying to empty a lake with a turkey baster.
Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: Groundhog on July 05, 2017, 07:52:36 PM
Unfortunately for many, Warner Sister Dot has the ONLY solution, and to me, the best sounding idea I've ever heard - Pray for SNOW!


Title: Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
Post by: JeepinMaxx on July 06, 2017, 09:28:47 PM
Unfortunately for many, Warner Sister Dot has the ONLY solution, and to me, the best sounding idea I've ever heard - Pray for SNOW!

  Yeah Holly and I have lived through a few different infestations on our property over the years - she's right about the mild winter and needing a cold winter...  I still think the beetles helped on our property combined with the fungus - I only have seen a few moths in the last week...

BTW - I think you just want more snow  :wink: