Beware of caterpillars on oak trees

The oak processionary moth is a type of a butterfly. Its offspring is a caterpillar, that emerges starting end of May. Its “stinging” hair can cause skin inflammations with strong itching, inflammations of the eye or the upper respiratory tract and more. Especially risky is the direct contact with the caterpillar and its webs, within which they reside. The wind can spread around the caterpillar’s hair from the trees. The caterpillars have spread so widely during the last view years. Therefore, they can be found in almost all tree populations. Within the forest, the oak processionary moth is not being combatted. In case of danger, rangers lock barbecue places, playgrounds or even benches. The district authority recommends not to enter affected areas and to avoid any contact with the insects. Anyone who needs to pass affected trees, should cover their neck and forearms, change clothes as soon as possible and take a shower. Anyone who shows disease symptoms, should see a doctor as soon as possible.

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Tübingen am Neckar. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.

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