How To Exterminate Puss Caterpillars


While a few caterpillars are innocuous, there are some stinging caterpillars that exist and getting close to them could make you end up in the hospital. This is particularly the situation with the risky and venomous Puss Caterpillars. Puss caterpillars become common during the summer, and early fall months and have turned into an increasing issue in the United States in areas like New Jersey, Florida and Texas. The bugs tend to assemble around the oak, elm and citrus trees, just as in greenery enclosure plants like roses and ivy. Call your professional pest control company in Hickory NC, if you have these trees around you for inspections.

Estimating 34 to 36 mm long, puss caterpillars are very venomous critters that vary in shading from greyish-white to orangish-dark coloured, to charcoal. When they have reached adulthood, they transform into yellow or orange moths with dark, hairy feet. Do you have puss caterpillars around your home? Well, no worries. Here are tips to help you get rid of them.

Step 1: Whatever you do, do not contact a puss caterpillar without proper protection. Off chance, if you ever experience one outside, use an object, for example, a stick if you have to remove one of these caterpillars from a plant or your body. Heavy leather gloves are another choice; however, caution should be used. When you discover a puss caterpillar infestation, make sure you protect yourself and your family. 

Make sure to stay out of the area to avoid getting stung. Do not go around the area until you have the appropriate treatment equipment with you.  Puss caterpillars may fall out of trees, unnoticed, onto your clothing. Enter infested areas wearing a wide-brimmed hat, a shirt or blouse buttoned at the neck, and heavy rubber gloves just like I said before. Furthermore, you have to check your clothing often; to remove caterpillars from your clothing with your gloved hand.

Step 2: If you decide to handpick the puss caterpillar with a gloved hand, you can kill them by placing them in a bucket of soapy water, or if you want them to die quickly; use boiled soapy water instead. Dispose of the now-venom-sullied water by flushing it down the drain and also make sure you wash or dispose of those gloves.

Step 3: For puss caterpillar invasion in the home or outside in the garden, an insecticide spray containing permethrin or Bifenthrin, for example, Essentria IC3 Natural Pesticide or Acelepryn G Insecticide can give long-lasting control. Mix these items into a hand sprayer and treat all around the foundation both inside and outside. Spend your time and energy treating the outside. There is additionally dust that you can use that is effective in killing puss caterpillars and repelling them, like Essentria D Dust Insecticide and others.

Step 4: Once you have gotten rid of the puss caterpillar infestation, institute rejection measures to keep puss caterpillars, and other little irritations from coming into your home by putting tight-fitting screens up, weather-stripping around entryways and windows, and fixing up splits and holes with caulk.

Step 5: if you cannot handle puss caterpillar infestation, call a professional to help you do the job.

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