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Caterpillar problem #267606

Asked August 04, 2015, 7:36 PM EDT

First, what type of tree is it? Second, what type of caterpillar? Third, what is the best way of getting rid of them? Thanks, 

Montgomery County Maryland

Expert Response

The tree looks like a redbud. The larvae on the foliage is the caterpillar of the White Flannel Moth.  This caterpillar is almost full grown and nothing to worry about. Usually they are not found in high enough numbers to cause much damage. They are too large to spray with Bt, a biopesticide that has low toxicty to humans and other animals.    Do not handle the caterpillars as they have hairs that can cause serious skin irritations. The caterpillars may not be a problem next year. 
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