Dangerous Caterpillars Pose Threat To Children And Pets – parents and pet owners are being warned about a toxic caterpillar which is thriving on the Costa Del Sol after the mild winter.
Dangerous Caterpillars Pose Threat To Children And Pets
Parents and pet owners on the Costa Del Sol are being advised to be vigilant for a dangerous type of caterpillar, which is thriving after Spain´s unusually warm winter. Contact with these caterpillars can cause dermatitis, eye damage and severe allergic reactions. In pets symptoms may include breathing difficulties, vomiting and foaming at the mouth.
Pine Processional Caterpillar
The preferred habitat for the Thaumetopoea Pityocampa (pine procession caterpillar) is an area with dense pine trees. The director of the Spanish Pest Control Association (ANECPLA), Milagros Fernandez de Lezetasaid says “After a winter that has been much milder and drier than normal, the population of the processionary caterpillar has flourished and brought forward their arrival”.
These caterpillars move in lines, giving an almost snake like appearance. The caterpillars are 3 to 4 centimeters long. Tiny bristles laden with a toxic chemical cover the caterpillars. If your children or pets come into contact with these caterpillars you should visit a clinic or vet immediately.
Written by Dave James
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