Saturday, October 21, 2006

Fluffy things in trees - beware

A few days ago Jude noticed a thing in one of the pine trees just above the house. It looked like a white fulffy sock over the end of one of the branches. We thought that it was a spider or catapillar nest. After going for a drive we noticed a few more in the area. If you click on the photos they should enlarge a little.
After a Google search, it turns out that they are the nests of something called a Processional Catapillar, and yes they are nasty. They have fine hairs which can cause all sorts of reactions in humans and can kill pets.
According to some websites the only way to get rid of them is to burn them without releasing the fine hairs, and no I am not going to start climbing the trees.
The point of this thread is to warn pet owners out walking dogs, if a dog eats one they can be deadly.

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