Here at Tree Keepers, we want to provide your property with healthy trees that have been ridded of any unwarranted pests. But that does not mean that we also want to look out for your health as well, as some of the invasive species we deal with can be harmful to humans, too. Today, we wanted to focus on a Maine and Cape Cod resident that causes problems to many homeowners year in and year out: the Brown Tail Moth Caterpillar.

Brown Tail Moth Caterpillar

What makes this moth caterpillar an issue is its poisonous hairs that are incredibly small and impact people through the air. If you come into contact with one of these hairs, you could possibly suffer from dermatitis. You could also be inflicted with this indirectly from contact with the airborne hairs. Along with that, there have been times where people have endured respiratory distress as a result of inhaling the caterpillar’s hairs. 

Since April, the Brown Tail Moth Caterpillar has been active and will continue to do so until roughly the end of June. Even when they no longer are out, the hairs from this caterpillar are still effective throughout the remaining portion of the summer. However, the toxicity of the hairs slowly weakens as they get washed into the soil.

Do not let the Brown Tail Moth Caterpillar wreak havoc on your home and its foliage. Let The Tree Keepers take care of these pests to keep your trees safe. To inquire about our services, head over to our contact page to start the process of eliminating this nuisance.