Warning about the attack of toxic caterpillar that is peeping out from the eggs in the south-east countries of England from the mid of April. Caterpillars that are white-haired, tend to become oak processionary moth (OPM), are causing humans with a number of side effects that include vomiting, skin rashes, and even asthma attacks, as reported by BBC reports. However, treatment for the same is expected to be continued till June, as per the Forestry Commission. By the time these caterpillars get too large it’s difficult to get affected with the treatment preferred by the product.
Currently executives are updating every individual to take right method during invasion, basically in the month of May, wherein these caterpillars are emerging with long toxic hairs all over their body. This can also be harmful to the oak trees, where most of the caterpillar’s nest, and consume leaves, as mentioned by the commission in an information brochure.
The caterpillar’s that are covered with hair, containing protein thaumetopoein, causing asthma attack, rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, breathing issues and sore throats. Caterpillars are smart enough, as they shed their hair on the nest as a sort of defense mechanism, in such case people are warned not to touch the creatures or their nest with bare hands or without any protection and, prevent pets from getting in contact with them.
Moreover, if you study in-depth it’s the hair of the caterpillar that damage, that can come into contact through the air, causing other pests and disease spread all over. As per the researchers, caterpillars hold around 62,000 hairs on their body that can be ejected and still remain active, for more than five years. The origin of caterpillar is from Europe, this can extend all over Britain if proper and right precaution not taken on time.
While the Forestry Commission has advised Britons to clear the overgrown or somewhat bulbous cobwebs. Caterpillars are mostly found in oak trees and gathered in bunches. Whoever sees this nest are warned to stay away from it, not to touch or even remove, rather inform the experts to do the needful.