Caterpillar infestation!!

I was wondering if anyone else in town is experiencing problems with small green caterpillars. They are destroying my maple tree leaves and leaving their droppings everywhere. Our vehicles are covered along with our deck...the only good thing is less leaves in the fall! 
Sean Czarniecki May 23, 2014 at 06:59 PM
I was just telling my wife that all the trees' leaves are getting wiped out by the caterpillars. Not just maples either. It doesn't look good....
sandy wentzell May 27, 2014 at 03:00 PM
It really is awful....yesterday we had to pressure wash our deck, front porch, some siding, the walkway along with having to scrub our vehicles... anyone know how long they will last? I do not recall ever seeing it never mind this bad. :(
therealmarkyates May 28, 2014 at 06:54 PM
I have experienced this the last couple of summers as well. After researching it extensively, you have to place sticky bands on your affected trees in November/December in order to prevent the larvae from climbing the trees in order to eat the leaves. I do not think your affected leaves will grow back, based on my experiences last summer. I can also recommend using Bonide Dead Bug Brew (http://www.bonide.com/products/product.php?category_id=252) in order to control the pests you have now. Spray the leaves top and bottom and any caterpillars you see. I have found they are easier to treat early in the morning (6AM) as they are either hanging low from their silks or laying on my driveway. Within 24 hours the population and droppings will be reduced drastically. Hope this helps.
sandy wentzell May 29, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Thank you for the info therealmarkyates!
tjdog June 09, 2014 at 06:41 PM
These are considered silk worms, which are cousins of caterpillars. Silk worms are also called inchworms, nearly the same thing. Silk worms should not be destroyed, as for these reasons. It is not the silk worms fault that there is a lot of them, it's just that these insects are mass produced. The reason you see more and more every year is because of this reason. 2 silk worms have 8 eggs, 6 hatch. Well, you see now, there is 8 silk worms. 8 silk worms lay 64 eggs. 54 hatch. If you understand where I am getting at, you can see why these small insects reproduce. Here is my suggestion, locate their nest, remove it, gently, and find a place to put it back. You need to find the top of the insects nest, and carefully pull it down. You may or may not need a latter. This is the most affective way of getting rid of these innocent silk worms, without killing them and destroying their home. At least you should try this method this summer, and see how you think it works.- Professional Insectologist


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