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Posted: 3/12/2011 4:00:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/12/2011 4:31:57 AM EST by paadams]
Just walked out to leave this morning and saw two big groups of these on the same tree. Do I leave them alone or kill them with fire?




Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:02:25 AM EST
They're coming for your soul!

Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:04:01 AM EST
I'm inclined to say fire.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:04:02 AM EST
If you want leaves on your tree, get burning....
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:04:22 AM EST
Seriously, kill them with fire. Gypsy Moth Caterpillars
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:05:14 AM EST
Looks like forest tent caterpillars. Kill them with fire.

Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:06:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By aquaman67:
If you want leaves on your tree, get burning....

This!
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:07:10 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:08:23 AM EST
Are they doing what i think their doing?
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:08:38 AM EST
Kill those mother fuckers. They will destroy every tree in your area.

We had these very bad a few years ago. Townships were actually driving around and burning them out of trees in a bucket truck.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:09:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By UncivilEngineer:
Looks like forest tent caterpillars. Kill them with fire.



This

Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:10:46 AM EST
Gypsy moths must be exterminated with extreme prejudice
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:12:16 AM EST
heard of baby possums
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:12:22 AM EST
Nothing that cant be solved with the application of compressed flammable gas and an ignition source
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:12:54 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:14:50 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:16:05 AM EST
I am thinking WD40 and a match.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:18:02 AM EST
Put them on a hook. Bass bait.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:21:09 AM EST
Gypsy moth caterpillars!

KILL WITH FIRE! They'll destroy your elm trees.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:26:17 AM EST
Is that really a winter cover for your spicket?

Never owned one up here in the north .

Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:27:27 AM EST
yup.......fire............kill, kill, kill !!!
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:28:09 AM EST
Originally Posted By Chris_C:
Is that really a winter cover for your spicket?

Never owned one up here in the north .



Yeah, I just bought the house in December. The previous owner had them on there. No pipes froze, so It's ok by me.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:30:38 AM EST
Update!

The needed tools. Propane torch and bic lighter.


The aftermath.



Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:33:00 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/12/2011 4:33:13 AM EST by Dogs_of_War]


Good job!
For future reference, a little bit of dawn dish soap and water mixed into a windex spray bottle works great as well.
Not a satisfying as fire though!
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:35:07 AM EST

There doesn't appear to be enough char for the worms.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:35:33 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:36:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By paadams:
Just walked out to leave this morning and saw two big groups of these on the same tree. Do I leave them alone or kill them with fire?



Make an omlette with them. Then you will have their power.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:41:39 AM EST
Good job with the fire.

But if you happen to get more in a place where you can't get to safely with a torch, get one of those bottle sprayers that attaches to the end of a garden hose and mix in a few drops of dish soap and hose the bastards down.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:43:30 AM EST


No, weapons, no knives, no measuring device, no stapler and no beverage.

2/10
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:44:09 AM EST
Be aware that their hairs can be very irritating. Some people ke myself ] get small blisters from them.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:45:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By electrojk:
Good job with the fire.

But if you happen to get more in a place where you can't get to safely with a torch, get one of those bottle sprayers that attaches to the end of a garden hose and mix in a few drops of dish soap and hose the bastards down.


Does that dislodge them, or kill them? I never would have thought a few drops of soap would kill some caterpillars.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:47:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Originally Posted By electrojk:
Good job with the fire.

But if you happen to get more in a place where you can't get to safely with a torch, get one of those bottle sprayers that attaches to the end of a garden hose and mix in a few drops of dish soap and hose the bastards down.


Does that dislodge them, or kill them? I never would have thought a few drops of soap would kill some caterpillars.


It will kill them. I think its something about the dish soap that reacts with them and they will die in a couple of seconds.
It turns them into a blue green mush.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:47:55 AM EST
Originally Posted By KC-10Boom:


No, weapons, no knives, no measuring device, no stapler and no beverage.

2/10


But he did kill it and grill it.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:48:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By none:
Originally Posted By KC-10Boom:


No, weapons, no knives, no measuring device, no stapler and no beverage.

2/10


But he did kill it and grill it.

True. I'll bump it up to 5/10 with -5 for crappy preparation and serving.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:51:50 AM EST
I'll have to try the dish soap thing next time. But I wanted the rest of them to know I meant business.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:54:17 AM EST
Bear Grylls just cried, and drank another cup of piss
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:56:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By KC-10Boom:


No, weapons, no knives, no measuring device, no stapler and no beverage.

2/10


Not so fast. You're forgetting the "killed-and-cooked-your-own-dinner-automatic-10" rule.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 4:58:43 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:07:44 AM EST
When there was an infestation of them in New England thirty years ago, you could hear a constant sound emanating from the trees - a combination of the sound of them munching away at every single leaf, and the sound of them defecating on the leaves and the ground below.

Good job terminating them with extreme prejudice...






Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:15:42 AM EST
Originally Posted By mi650:
Put them on a hook. Bass bait.


A few years back there was a big hatch of those along one of my favorite trout streams. I found a big wolly bugger in black and just killed the fish all summer long..
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:21:13 AM EST
Yep they wreaked havoc here. Burn any of them you find.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:24:41 AM EST

Originally Posted By tc2k11:

There doesn't appear to be enough char for the worms.

You probably burn your steaks too....


Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:25:00 AM EST
Gypsy moth catapillars.. Nuke it from orbit..

Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:26:38 AM EST
They make a shampoo for that.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:27:58 AM EST

Originally Posted By Win_88:
Gypsy moth catapillars.. Nuke it from orbit..


nope, Forest Tent Caterpillars, as noted above
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:32:01 AM EST
I call bullshit...dude scored +10 for man card instant win for burnanation.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:33:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By NMwaterfowler:






Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:35:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/12/2011 5:37:26 AM EST by Plumbata]
Tent caterpillars.

Seriously, you have a major problem and you need to go with all out chemical warfare RIGHT NOW. The main thing is, you didn't get them all. You need to spray your trees right away and every 5 days after for about two-three weeks.

The little bastards can populate and then strip a tree in just a few days. They especially like elms, ash and fruit trees.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:36:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By UncivilEngineer:
Looks like forest tent caterpillars. Kill them with fire.



This is what they are. We get big outbreaks here in Minnesota too. If this is a big year for them you'll have a billion moths whipping around in a couple months. They'll make big webs all over the damn place.

They're not gypsy moths. Those guys have red and blue balls, no pun intended.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:37:52 AM EST
Originally Posted By aquaman67:
If you want leaves on your tree, get burning....


This.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 5:44:09 AM EST
I'm hoping I don't find anymore of those motherfuckers. I've check other trees and nothing so far, but I know they are around.
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