Entomologists warn Long Islanders of upcoming bug invasion

Entomologists are warning Long Islanders of an upcoming bug invasion that could threaten entire wooded areas. Experts say gypsy moth and inchworm caterpillars can be devastating to trees, and they expect

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2006, 10:50 PM

Updated 6,634 days ago

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Entomologists are warning Long Islanders of an upcoming bug invasion that could threaten entire wooded areas.
Experts say gypsy moth and inchworm caterpillars can be devastating to trees, and they expect the dry spring to bring millions of them to the area. There will be so many, they say, that residents will actually be able to hear them chewing. Officials say tent caterpillars will also be abundant in the coming months.
Cornell Cooperative Extension says there are several non-chemical ways to stop the pests. The group recommends putting duct tape around the tree, sticky side out, so the caterpillars stick to it. Other options include shooting them with a garden hose and putting out a birdfeeder to attract their natural enemies.
Related Information: Cornell Cooperative Extension - Suffolk County: Gypsy MothsCornell Cooperative Extension - Suffolk County: Inchworms


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