Tent Catipillers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bird Lady, May 27, 2012.

  1. Bird Lady

    Bird Lady In the Brooder

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    Does anyone know if these nasty tent catipillers ( army worms ) are a hazard to chickens? Or how I can safely rid of them, They are in tree that overhangs their run. I know they can be poisonous to horses.
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  2. If possible, I try to cut off the section of branches where they are and burn it. Failing that, I use a propane torch on a stick to carefully burn it! I prefer to use as few chemicals as possible. I haven't tried a soap or horticultural oil spray, don't know if it may work.
    As far as poisonous, I don't know. I have used them as fish bait with limited success.
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I didn't know they were poisonous. I see that the eastern tent catepillar can cause pregnant mares to abort.

    I usually wait till dark, when they are back in the nest/tent. Then I cut the branch(s) put the entire thing in a garbage bag, tie it closed and dispose of in trash. I recall several years ago that we were told to not recycle then in yardwaste.

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  4. Bird Lady

    Bird Lady In the Brooder

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    I tried some "green" soap type stuff, found three nests of them. I hope it works. I was thinking torch or cut and burn. Those darn things are GROSS! On a brighter note, my buffs are spending their first night out in the coop, they loved being outside today. Needless to say this mama is nervous :) Love the Chief Seattle quote, Im heading to Pikes Market in August. Thanks for the advice
     

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