“It’s like being inside a horror movie;” Gypsy moth caterpillars refuse to go away

MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – The gypsy moth caterpillar infestation in eastern Hampden County refuses to go away.

Thursday afternoon, 22News reporter Sy Becker traveled to the Monson home of Deb Draper, which is covered in the furry caterpillars. As he was speaking with her, one had crawled onto her body.

“Oh, Yuck! See what I mean, they’re everywhere,” Draper cried out.

That’s no exaggeration, the fully-grown gypsy moth caterpillars are everywhere, and they’re too numerous to count. They have affected the quality of life of Deb Draper and her embattled family.

“I don’t know what to do. It’s like being inside a horror movie. They’re just everywhere. They fall out of the trees, they get into my hair, they get into my clothes, they crawl up my leg, they’re on my dog, they’re on my cat, they’re everywhere,” Draper said.

However, Draper insists these intrusive caterpillars will not get the best of her. She will do all in her power to rid her property of these intruders, hopefully before they destroy her infested oak tree, which she remains deeply concerned about.

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