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Offline Greenhorn

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gypsy moth caterpillars
« 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?
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #1 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.

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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #2 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?
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #3 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
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #4 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.

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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #5 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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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #6 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!
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #7 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:
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #8 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...
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #9 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
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #10 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!!
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #11 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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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #12 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.

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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #13 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.
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #14 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.

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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #15 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.
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #16 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.

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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #17 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...




The three cars in front of me had the same stains!
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #18 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...






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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2017, 06:36:35 AM »
That cool! Is it sticky side out?

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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #20 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.

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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #21 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?
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #22 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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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #23 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
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Re: gypsy moth caterpillars
« Reply #24 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