Pine Processionary Caterpillars

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  • #236899

    The Grocer
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    It is already too late in the life cycle of the chenille processionnaire to treat with [biological/bacteria] Bacillus thuringiensis as the caterpillars are in their 4th stage (setae). they don’t eat as they are getting ready for their mass migration from their cocoons to the earth where they continue their life cycle of pupa to moth. Below is a link to an article with graphic photos of damage these critters can do to your dogs (cats allegedly have more sense and avoid them).
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    http://dergipark.gov.tr/download/article-file/132022

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    The Grocer
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    I’m conscious that the article is long and does not offer “first aid” treatment in respect of what to do if your dog comes in contact with these caterpillars…

    Dogs that have been in contact with a caterpillar, get symptoms very quickly: they run around, desperately scratching themselves in the mouth and on the tongue, dribbles and foams from the mouth, and rapidly a visible swelling of tongue lips and even the whole head occurs. You need of course to get to a vet but there is a few things that can be done as a first aid. Wash the dog´s mouth with water, eventually with weak pressure a hose, no scrubbing! A bit of vinegar dissolved in lukewarm water can help to neutralise the toxin. After this basic help, it is important to get to the vets as quick as possible, as the dog will need cortisone treatment, antibiotics and possibly lots of intravenous fluids. The lucky dogs “only” loose a bit of the tongue, but if the dog severely ill, sometimes has to be put down due to severe necrosis of the tongue or the palate or larynx. It is extremely important to treat as soon as possible, as the success rate of the treatment drops with time.
    There has been success with antihistamines & antibiotics as reported in the article, but varies immensely with veterinary practices

    REMEMBER wear gloves yourself, a face-mask & goggles if possible, humans are also effected!

  • #236908

    Shazzie
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    Thanks Grocer, hope we never need it but better to be ready just in case.

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