- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Some walkers and joggers in North Carolina’s largest city are being surprised when cankerworms fall on their heads.

The Charlotte Observer reported (https://bit.ly/2oVO4EB) the worms typically hatch about now from eggs laid by wingless moths in December.

Residents of some neighborhoods report picking the little green caterpillars off their heads and clothes this week.

Charlotte conducted aerial sprays in 1992, 1998 and 2008.

City arborist Tim Porter has said the best way to reduce the problem is to install a band of material around the trees in the fall. A band of paper with a coat of sticky material can prevent the moths from crawling up the trees to lay eggs.

Cankerworms eat leaves and make trees more vulnerable to age, drought, other insects and disease.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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