Browntail Moth caterpillar season is here

Feb 04, 2020
Courtesy of: Maine Forest Service Brown Tail Moth caterpillar nests are easy to spot.

Rockport — The town of Rockport reminds residents that now is the time to pay attention to Browntail Moth caterpillars.

During this time of year, it is easy to identify the nests of the Browntail Moth caterpillars. The webs are usually found in fruit, oak and birch trees. Residents should clip the branch tips from trees as soon as possible and remove the winter webs before April. Use proper protective clothing. Soak the webs in soapy water over night or burn them.

The town of Rockport is exploring ways to get the Browntail Moth problem under control at the Marge Jones Recreation Fields and Walker Park before Spring. There may be pruning completed at both locations as well as some tree removal at the Marge Jones Fields. In addition, the town is working with an arborist to determine the best time to treat the trees at Walker Park with an injectable pesticide that will not affect other vegetation, insects, people or the water.

For more information, view the Maine Forest Service website here.

 

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