This is our second summer at the new house. We’re hoping that this invasion, which we’ve experienced both years, isn’t the norm.
The little guy in the photo is a tent caterpillar. He, and about a million of his buddies, have come to visit. They’re on the ground, in the trees, in the bushes, in the house and I even found one in the bedroom carpet the other day.
Some of our neighbors recommend cutting the caterpillar nests out of the trees early in the year. Then they burn the nests. Other neighbors attack in the fall by scraping the eggs off of branches and then burning them. There’s also the chemical method. Wasp spray will usually work on tent caterpillar nests as well.