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Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by mike lane lawn care, May 20, 2006.

  1. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    not sure where to post this.
    i have about 18 catapillar nests in trees in my yard, we started havung this problem last year. They make the nests way up jigh where the pole saw can't reach. I have refused to mow under branches hanging over the lawn with these nests in them, as they will fall onto your head. HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM????????????????

  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Climb up there and hit them with a propane torch. Or spot treat with malthaion.
  3. lawncare18

    lawncare18 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 742

    Or cut the branches out and dip it in gasoline or burn it.. they are a ***** and will completly over take trees and kill them... better get on them fast...
  4. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319


    Break up the tent with a high pressure stream from the hose before you spray the insecticide for better results.
    Sevin is the insecticide of choice for chewing insects like these.

    Late summer the fall webworms are controlled the same way.

    Burning and cutting branches are doing more harm than the caterpillars will ever do. They are just eating some leaves,,,burning and cutting will destroy far more than they will ever eat.

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