Tent Caterpillar Are Juvenile Moths
Tent caterpillars are caterpillars that build nests in trees that resemble large webs. When you see the caterpillar, they are just the juvenile stage of the adult eastern tent caterpillar moth. Adults can be identified by their medium size, feathery antennae, and long scales that make them look furry.
Tent caterpillars build their webs in the spring at the base of the branch near branch unions. While they are unsightly, long-term damage by these caterpillars are minimal. Even then, you ‘ll want to control them to prevent weakening of the tree.
Controlling Tent Caterpillars
Tent caterpillars can be controlled by removing the webs by hand and killing the caterpillars by placing them in a bucket of soapy water. You’ll want to do this in the early mornings when they are still inside the web.
If the infestation is a large one, contact the, contact the ISA-certified arborists at Hansen’s Tree Service. We will come to your home for a hassle-free estimate to inspect your trees for pests such as bagworms and provide you with a treatment plan.
Different pests require different treatments throughout the year and we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to keep your trees healthy and pest-free.