22News spoke with an arborist about how to get rid of gypsy moth caterpillars now, and prevent them from coming back.
Melissa Taylor of Ware told 22News she is thinking about cutting down her backyard trees to ease the pain caused by the caterpillars.
The land around the Quabbin Reservoir is among the areas of western Massachusetts affected by the caterpillar invasion.
The gypsy moth caterpillar infestation has spread from western Hampden County to its neighboring Hampshire county town of Ware.
22News heard the plea for help from a concerned woman in Monson, whose property has literally been besieged by caterpillars.
Homeowners have been taking precautions to protect their trees from the destructive caterpillars.
We know rain can wash the spiders out. Turns out, the same may be true for gypsy moth caterpillars.
The Gypsy Moth Caterpillars are impacting more than just the trees and leaves in eastern Hampden County.
Parents told 22News that the principal kept the children inside for their own protection.
Small caterpillars are now everywhere- on homes, all over the police department headquarters, and at the town hall.
Gypsy Moth Caterpillars are causing some people who come in contact with them to break out in rashes.
22News is working for you with why you might see less caterpillars come this summer.
New England environmental officials and scientists say it would be too costly.
The destructive gypsy moth caterpillars have been spotted on trees in eastern Hampshire County.
Last summer gypsy moth caterpillars returned to parts of western Massachusetts and now this year they’ve been spotted again.
The caterpillars were responsible for eating the leaves off some 350,000 acres of trees in Massachusetts last year.
The maps, compiled by a postgraduate fellow at UMass Amherst, make use of satellite images of New England this summer.
22News discovered that this spring’s dry weather made conditions ideal for these insects.
After the worst infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars since the early 1980s, trees in hard-hit areas of the state are finally recovering.
Natural fungus and virus are not able to stop these moths due to the dry pattern especially this past spring.