Dangerous Caterpillars Pose Threat To Children And Pets

Dangerous Caterpillars Pose Threat To Children And Pets

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

Published: 01.03.2017

News on 93.6 Global Radio

Keep up to date with all the latest news from the Costa del Sol with the coast’s official English speaking radio station, 93.6 Global Radio.

More Costa del Sol News Stories

Some recent headlines from the Costa del Sol. See all the 93.6 Global Radio News

Tiffany Trump Visits Marbella
The American President’s daughter has been seen in Marbella with a huge entourage
Rare Iberian Lynx Killed In Forest Fires
A 14 year old female has died after conservation experts were forced to release adults into the wild
More Than 400 Migrants Rescued From Coastline Of Southern Spain
In the last week 414 people have been rescued by Spanish coastguards

Listen Live Now!

The New Global Radio broadcasting LVIE from Miraflores on the Costa del Sol.  Listen live now.
[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

Visit our Sponsors

On Air Right Now!

  • Mark Peters, The Breakfast Show, Global Radio, 936 & 964 fm. Costa del Sol.
    Thursday, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
    Join Mark Peters for your morning wake-up call! Every weekday morning from 8am. The right way to start your day! More...
    List to 93.6 Global Radio LIVE NOW!

Coming up next...

Visit our Sponsors

Latest Tweets

Visit our Sponsors

Dangerous Caterpillars Pose Threat To Children And Pets
Author: GlobalRadio