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Dangerous Caterpillars

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 3:15pm
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Donnav

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Hello we have just moved up to La Marina and have a dog. We have a lot of pine trees in front and behind our house and we are Worried about the dangerous caterpillars.

What time of the year should we avoid walking the dog in these areas as we have been given conflicting advice.


thanks in advance 

BillWendy1

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:08pm

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Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:08pm

Hi,

Look out for their nests which look like small balls of cobweb. You can get traps to put around the trunks but if you have a lot of trees this could be expensive as the kits are around about 20 euros each.

Generally speaking they seem to go to ground between January and March

Here is a link that might help

https://www.healthplanspain.com/blog/expat-tips/1027-pine-processionary-caterpillars-spain.html

Bill

John123456

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:12pm

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Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:12pm

When is Processionary Caterpillar Season? Between December and April, the larvae will make their way to the ground to pupate and eventually turn into moths between May and July. It is during these months that pets and young children are most vulnerable.

This link will provide further information:

https://www.healthplanspain.com/blog/expat-tips/1027-pine-processionary-caterpillars-spain.html#:~:text=When%20is%20Processionary%20Caterpillar%20Season,young%20children%20are%20most%20vulnerable.

Donnav

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:16pm

Donnav

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Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:16pm

BillWendy1 wrote on Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:08pm:

Hi,

Look out for their nests which look like small balls of cobweb. You can get traps to put around the trunks but if you have a lot of trees this could be expensive as the kits are around about 20 euros each.

Generally speaking they seem to go to ground between January and March

Here is a link that might help

https://www.healthplanspain.com/blog/expat-tips/1027-pine-processionary-caterpillars-spain.html

Bill

Thank you that’s very helpful.

Donnav

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:17pm

Donnav

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Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:17pm

John123456 wrote on Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:12pm:

When is Processionary Caterpillar Season? Between December and April, the larvae will make their way to the ground to pupate and eventually turn into moths between May and July. It is during these months that pets and young children are most vulnerable.

This link will provide further information:...

Thank you for your reply

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eiretour

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:18pm

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Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:18pm

Hi, coincidentally I just read a post on FB with photo, saying the processionary caterpillar is out early....now!! This was in La Mata. Be extra vigilante 

Donnav

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:21pm

Donnav

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Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:21pm

eiretour wrote on Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:18pm:

Hi, coincidentally I just read a post on FB with photo, saying the processionary caterpillar is out early....now!! This was in La Mata. Be extra vigilante 

Hi yes thank you I am avoiding these areas now.

RGA

Posted: Sun Jan 1, 2023 9:42pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 1, 2023 9:42pm

eiretour wrote on Wed Dec 28, 2022 4:18pm:

Hi, coincidentally I just read a post on FB with photo, saying the processionary caterpillar is out early....now!! This was in La Mata. Be extra vigilante 

They are already coming down in the Teulada region so be aware. If you can get to any nests spray them with hairspray and cut them off into a sealable plastic bag and dispose

Donnav

Posted: Sun Jan 1, 2023 9:53pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 1, 2023 9:53pm

RGA wrote on Sun Jan 1, 2023 9:42pm:

They are already coming down in the Teulada region so be aware. If you can get to any nests spray them with hairspray and cut them off into a sealable plastic bag and dispose

Thank you very much for your reply and update.

Donna 

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