Are these “Tent Caterpillars” Harming your Trees?

(WTNH) — Now the nest does look scary, almost like a spider web but the good news is, it’s not going to cause much, if any damage to the trees around your house.

The caterpillars themselves look harmless, but it’s their food source that makes them feared by homeowners.

Master Gardner Judith Hsiang, UConn Department of Extension, “Well they are going to eat the leaves.”

Master Gardner Judith Hsiang says sights like this might be disheartening to a newly planted cherry tree, thankfully this damage is only skin deep.

Almost always it’s just cosmetic damage. If they do quite a bit more damage, often in early season, the trees will send out new leaves.

Now the experts say they’re really easy to remove, all you need is a stick.

You can take a stick and tear them open, the birds will feast on the little caterpillars and soon they’ll be gone.

Keep in mind, these nests are great to attract birds, so you may want to keep them around.

So the good news is, it’s great for the birds and for your trees, it’s really harmless. For more information on invasive insects or plants, check out the UCONN Extension website here:

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