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Old 06-05-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I live in a ground floor apartment in a semi-wooded complex off Medical and over the last two weeks I've noticed an increasing amount of small caterpillars (?) in my apartment. They're maybe 1/1.5 inches long, dark brown with their legs visible.

They seem to die off pretty quickly once inside and I find the dead ones with their bodies either arched or wound up into tiny curls.

Has anyone else had a similar problem or know how to keep them away? Thought I'd seek out advice before calling a pest control service.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I found one on my kitchen floor last night in the 10/De Zavala area. That's pushing the "Medical Center" area description though.

That's the first time since I was a little kid and sought out little bugs that I've seen one of these bugs.

It could be the moisture that has caused them to be out and about.
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I think they're all over the place. I see the dark ones on the road and the yellowish brown ones in the yard and on the porches.
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:49 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Anyone got a pic so we can see what we're talking about?
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:55 PM
 
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I have heard a number of people reporting various types of caterpillars en masse this Spring/Summer.

Here's a link to a few to stay away from. The Asp and the Woolybear are the ones that are the most poisonous. I've encountered an Asp and it wasn't pleasant.

Handle with care:

Stinging Caterpillars - Bexar County Extension (http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/IPM/Landscape/F1/nStingingCaterpillars.htm - broken link)

PS...this website was updated in 2009!
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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I hate asps! A few years ago I was checking out some property in Bastrop and it was mucho overgrown with uncut grasses. I walked into 3 of those suckers and my leg burned and itched the whole day. My bad for not wearing jeans out there.

I was weeding today and killed a couple of those wollybear. Nasty critters. LOL San Antonio has some serious bugs and critters. I love it, nature is fascinating.
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:48 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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seems like we're having quite the summer all around for bugs and crawlies!

we're getting a metric f-ton of those woolybears in our backyard. not seeing much else in the way of caterpillars. time to mow that jungle!
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Glad I'm on the 3rd floor in the Med Center, I don't want to deal with any creepies.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Say-Town! Texas
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a tiny thin brown one (not any pictured in the article) decided to take a shower with me saturday morning, i didn't think anything of it cause its hot, and the critters like it cool, but i got him outside afterwards.

i'm just north of the airport.
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:43 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Well I hope you at least washed his back for him. They have a hard time reaching that area with their very short legs.
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