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Invasion of the Gypsy Moths!

Every now and then, environmental conditions can converge into a “perfect storm” of pests. If you live on Long Island, you know these pests to be the dreaded Gypsy Moth caterpillars. These voracious little leaf munchers will wreak HAVOC on your foliage. During the late weeks of July and into August, adult gypsy moths will [...]

May 11th, 2018|

Tent Caterpillars Having a Party

Eastern Tent Caterpillar nest - picture by Bart Fusco Once again we're seeing an early spring outbreak of tent caterpillars in various areas of Long Island, including the east end. It's important to understand that these are NOT the dreaded Gypsy Moth caterpillars which will be arriving shortly and are considerably more devastating. [...]

April 26th, 2017|

Bad News: Gypsy Moth Caterpillars

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar The signs are pointing to another potential massive outbreak of gypsy moth caterpillars this spring. Egg masses have been spotted on forest trees from Nassau to Montauk, including Syosset, Smithtown, Holbrook, Islip, Patchogue, Riverhead, Cutchogue, Southampton and East Hampton. Cornell Extension's entomologists have confirmed that parasitic wasps have been at [...]

February 4th, 2016|

Tent Caterpillars Memorial Day Party

Eastern Tent Caterpillar nest - picture by Bart Fusco Once again we're seeing an outbreak of tent caterpillars in various areas of Long Island, including the east end. Their preferred hosts are cherry trees, but they will go after a variety of other trees, including crabapples, dogwoods and others You can see their [...]

May 21st, 2014|