Eliminate Browntail Caterpillars Now

By Amy Jeanroy

If you want to remove one of the most irritating and damaging pests in your garden, now is the time to get to work.  Entomologists from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry  advise that if you have silken-wrapped leaves still hanging on the tips of your oak, apple, crab apple, and plum tree branches,  they are the home of the Browntail Caterpillar — which causes a rash like poison ivy and can cause even more severe reaction for some people. They are spreading across Maine.  

These wrapped leaves have to be clipped out of the trees and destroyed by dropping in a bucket of soapy water.  For more information and a video of proper removal, visit: https://goo.gl/IBK2UJ