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.
The gypsy moth caterpillars have been munching through lots of leaves leaving trees dry and sometimes dead.
Last week, 22News showed you damage in Holland from leaf-eating Gypsy Moth caterpillars, but that’s not the only local town affected.
The gypsy moth caterpillars are defoliating trees in parts of eastern Hampden County.
If you grew up in the 1970s and 1980s you probably remember the gypsy moth caterpillar.
Hundreds of thousands of Gypsy Moth Caterpillars are everywhere; in the trees, on the ground, and on parked cars.
They’re creepy crawlers and masses of them are invading lawns and trees all over New England. The gypsy moth caterpillar invasion.