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How to Get Rid of Gypsy Moth Caterpillars


About Gypsy Moth caterpillars

The population of the gypsy moths becomes widespread by dispersion of the larva or caterpillar of the Gypsy moth that cause to spread across all sort of green landscape. This way they get to cause a lot of destruction to the greenery. It causes defoliation and subsequent decaying of the trees that leads to deforestation. These caterpillars mostly feed on leaves, the young caterpillars feeds during the day and the old caterpillar feeds during the night. It has a dark a hairy body. The young caterpillars move towards the top of the trees and spin silk and hang from it. The larval stage or the caterpillar survives for 7 weeks. After which it turn into a cocoon.

Damage caused by Gypsy moth caterpillars

The infestation causes defoliation of the trees and plants and the caterpillar hairy body causes allergic reaction on our skin. The outbreak of caterpillars can cause deforestation of land owner’s property and in addition a certain fungus on trees cause bacteria transmitted disease to occur in the gypsy moth caterpillars, which develops spores on the trees and kills the caterpillars. These dead caterpillars remain attached to the trees spreading more problem and decays for the landscape. It is believed that large number of caterpillars can cause major removal of leaves and leaves trees bare overnight. The caterpillars have ability to transfer to the trees with help of wind current that cause an outbreak.


  1. Capturing the gypsy moth caterpillars

There are few methods that can be used to trap the gypsy moth caterpillars few are as follows:

BARRIER BAND:  Bands are tied across the trees and a sticky substance is applied onto the band. Once the caterpillars start crawling and move across the bands they get stuck. The band can then be rolled and all the caterpillars can be thrown into an insecticidal soap that will dehydrate and kill the caterpillars.

Duct tapes can also be used; the sticky portion can be facing the front while attaching or winding the tape across the tree trunk.  Again while crawling over the tape the Gypsy moth caterpillars will get stuck spray with insecticidal soaps and disposed off. The tape or bands will have to be changed on regular basis for it to be effective means of trapping the caterpillars.

BURLAP TRAP:  Cut a strip of burlap bag. Tie it with a twine and attach it to the trunk of the tree. The caterpillars crawl down and have a shelter place for hiding. In the morning the caterpillars can be collected together from the trunk and drowned in a bucket of insecticidal soap or eradicated in some other form.

  1. Blasting the caterpillars with water

The caterpillars are spotted during spring season. Use a hose pipe. Open the valve and blast off the water with pressure over the caterpillars. The pressure of the water will make the Gypsy moth caterpillars get killed. In addition insecticidal soap could be used in the hose to spread the insecticidal soap more efficiently getting rid of each on the Gypsy moth caterpillars.

  1. Spraying chemicals on the caterpillars

Cyonara Lawn & Garden RTU-Spray on the plants and leaves when the gypsy moth caterpillars are young, in the beginning of spring they can be spotted. The insecticide kills the caterpillars immediately on contact. For taller trees the spray must be applied with 5 days interval gap.

Tengard SFR Permethrin Insecticide - Spraying these over the trees and plants impedes the growth of the caterpillars as it gets terminated. This curbs the growth and outspread of Gypsy moth caterpillars and the gypsy moth itself. The chemical Azadirachtin has repellant properties as well. It contains toxins that kill the caterpillars by destroying the caterpillar’s digestive tract.

Other recommended insecticides sprays and traps are PYRETHRIN, TREE TANGLE FOOT, PYGANIC and TANGLETRAP.

  1. Cleaning up the property

You may find a lot wood pile, debris and lot of other mess on your land. Collect the wood pile and all the rest of the clutter and dispose them. Make sure all the mulch, debris and compost are also removed from the land. The weed should be picked and discarded. Keeping the yard or the whole green land you own clean and clutter free will prevent the gypsy moths from hiding and laying eggs. This will impede the population of gypsy moth caterpillars.

Clean up the mess inside your home the garbage and other mess makes it an attractive place for the moths to come in and lay eggs. You will end up having an infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars at home. You might find them on your furniture, wall voids, cracks and crevices. To avoid such a situation keep your home clutter free. Clean your house regularly and throw your garbage properly in sealed bags promptly.

  1. Cutting off a few trees

If you observe a widespread Gypsy moth caterpillar infestation, cut off the infected or decayed trees and may not hurt to reduce the deciduous, pine, birch and spruce trees if you have them on your land. The caterpillars are more attracted to such trees particularly the fresh green leaves. Cutting off few will make the moth and caterpillars relocate or move away.

  1. Plucking and probing the caterpillars

The caterpillars tend to spin silk around them to sort of form a nest around itself on top of the tree. Use a device to pluck out the caterpillars and pick them out early during spring season and throw the in insecticidal solution for disposal.

Take a long stick and attach nails on them or a broomstick could also be used to poke the silk and poke the caterpillars and sweep them out. The poking will help in making them fall off and killing the gypsy moth caterpillars.

Curbing the life cycle

By eradicating the gypsy moth caterpillars the population of Gypsy moth decreases and subsequently prevents deforestation and defoliation from occurring. Similarly using the insecticides to terminate the Gypsy moth will minimize the gypsy moth caterpillar population. We will be able to avoid deforestation and decay of trees. It will halt the ecological and at times economical troubles as well.

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