Ottawa is in the throes of a gypsy moth caterpillar infestation! Here are some things you can do to help:
1. Pluck the caterpillars off your plants/trees and drop them into a bucket of soapy water. Cover and let soak for up to 48 hours before safely disposing of the (dead) caterpillars.
2. Burlap infested trees by wrapping a band of burlap around the trunk of the tree. Use string to hold in place. Safely dispose of (compost) any caterpillars that you catch. Please wear gloves, the caterpillars can cause skin irritation.
3. As a last case, spray trees/plants with Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki). Ideally consult a professional.
4. Adopt a tree in Stanley Park and other wooded areas around New Edinburgh! If we all work together, we CAN help save our trees.
5. Call 311 to report heavily infested trees.
Additional information on gypsy moths, including how to deal with current caterpillar infestation, can be found on the City of Ottawa website.
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