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Old 08-20-2009, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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What are those white clumps of stuff that has suddenly appeared on the trees - looks like gobs of spider webs??
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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"Web worms" -- little caterpillars are growing inside. Happens every year. If you have any in your trees, get them off and ideally burn them or at least seal them inside yard waste bags after smushing the little bastards.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Mill Creek Hundred
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If you don't get rid of them, they will be just like salmon, they keep coming back year after year. They just don't taste as good.
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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It is funny cause I never saw or heard of these, but I saw this thread the other day. I saw them tonight though and thought of this thread haha.
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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These critters aren't at all limited to the Mid-Atlantic. They have the things in Texas too, so I expect they're pretty much all over the country.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Yep. We have them in Texas. If we don't get rid of them they will strip the tree. Those webs are not easy to break into. I really dislike those critters. They are spooky. An established colony can put up a barrier that gets bigger and bigger and harder to penetrate. I have literally had to use a tree trimmer to break up the web. ickky!
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Old 08-22-2009, 03:22 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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GROSS!! Okay, thanks everyone!
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:45 AM
 
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don't forget caterpillars turn into butterflies.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I'm doubtful that web worms turn into anything nice -- some irksome little moths possibly. Anyway, the webs are a terrible eyesore and the caterpillars can do serious damage to trees.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Bag Worms. It will eventually kill the tree. You can hire someone to spray the tree, or burn them and then remove the part of the limb they were on and burn it too.

Been there did that with a Magnolia tree in Oklahoma.
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