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Originally Posted by Cazzie View Post
There have been huge amounts of nests in public places this year. In the past it has been apparent that local authorities have kept them as clear as possible (in Spain anyway).
I have a video that I took recently on my YouTube channel - hope it helps to show people what they and their nests look like to folks who haven't seen them first-hand before.
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We saw them as far north as Brittany last year.
Not long before they arrive here I suppose!
|BrianJP||Although dangerous for dogs as I know from personal experience don't forget they are also very dangerous for human too if you breathe in their hairs or touch one.They can and do cause very skin rash and anaphalactic shock|
|JackieP||We left the Aire in Caceres in Spain three days ago as it was overrun with processions of caterpillars. They were even dropping on the roof of the van. With two dogs and a cat it just wasn't worth the risk and we moved on. I don't think I've ever seen so many nests as I did this year. If you've got pets then do take care.|
|patp||Dangerous to people too A lady told us of the day she picked a rug off her washing line and got badly stung by the flying hairs of these caterpillars. Her arm swelled to an enormous size and she was quite poorly.|
Google images gives me this picture of the nests in Pine;
if it goes in....
and on an oak tree;
and of the caterpillars
once again with crossed fingers.....
but these may just raise the thoughts in those travelling through such areas with pets...... Including me of course....)
This time of the year I think this post and thread is worth a bump and a STICKY ?
Originally Posted by Easyriders
When I got to my house in Spain I had to remove and burn 3 nests that I found there despite having sprayed them last autumn.
I know to my cost what can happen if a dog goes near to the caterpillars or touches one.
They usually infect a few varieties of pine tree in France and Spain mainly the "Stone Pine" ( "Pinus Halepensis" , in think).
If you look at posts here you can easily identify the nests, as they look like candy floss but can start low down stretching to the top of the tree as spring approaches and on the sun facing side.
|Easyriders||Thanks, JollyJack. Looks like we need to watch out in the cork oaks, too.|
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