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Processionary Caterpillars

Processionary Caterpillars

Postby Murt » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:36 pm

I see these yokes are particularly bad in Murcia at the moment.

https://murciatoday.com/murcia_close_to_maximum_alert_status_for_pine_processionary_caterpillars_1313533-a.html

I wonder whether the Town Council can instruct La Marquessa Golf Club to cut down, and destroy the pine trees, that they planted beside the road, opposite the petrol station on the golf course. Imagine a professional outfit being stupid enough to plant pine trees in the first place.

Maybe someone could advise potential golfers of the dangers they could be inadvertently putting themselves in by playing that course.
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I don't know the legal position in Spain, but I hope when a golfer or someone gets poisoned by some of these things, that they sue the pants off the course and the Quesada family.
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Re: Processionary Caterpillars

Postby camionpilot » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:03 am

Pine trees in Spain are a protected species ..!!
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Re: Processionary Caterpillars

Postby Murt » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:34 am

Surely you cannot just go and plant pine trees anywhere you feel like it and you have no responsibility for the damage that your stupidity causes. That's absurd!

I see the caterpillars are down in the carpark where the market takes place on a Thursday in Rojales as well. I cannot actually recall if the trees around the park are pine trees or not, but I have seen a good number of people take their dogs (normally lapdogs) to the market.

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Re: Processionary Caterpillars

Postby Dinkelharper » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:46 am

I am quite sure that’s not how it works... Pine trees are all over Spain and is a protected tree and is not about who plants a pine tree or not. I am sorry but that was a extremely uneducated comment.

Murt wrote:Surely you cannot just go and plant pine trees anywhere you feel like it and you have no responsibility for the damage that your stupidity causes. That's absurd!

I see the caterpillars are down in the carpark where the market takes place on a Thursday in Rojales as well. I cannot actually recall if the trees around the park are pine trees or not, but I have seen a good number of people take their dogs (normally lapdogs) to the market.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/3069889 ... 397019263/
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Re: Processionary Caterpillars

Postby Ginger » Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:57 pm

Agree, the country needs these trees to stop the soil blowing away, they are protected fir environmental reasons. When processionally caterpillars are seen, be it rural or urban location, they should be reported to the authorities who will then deal with them. The caterpillars themselves are not poisonous it is the hair they shed when disturbed which causes the problems. Unless a person is in very ill health the poison is not lethal to
humans. Dogs and cats can suffer disfiguring injuries, a friends Jack Russell lost part of its tongue after licking a caterpillar.
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Re: Processionary Caterpillars

Postby Busters Mum » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:22 pm

A golfer really couldn’t get poisoned by a processionary caterpillar .

They’re vile things, but you have to physically touch one and the hairs go into your skin. This will give a human an intense irritation and a nasty rash, but nothing life threatening. It’s more dangerous if an animal tried to sniff or lick or stand on them as the hairs can cause necrosis of the flesh they touch.

I know someone who had a whole nest fall out of a tree onto their neck. It was horrible for them and they had an itchy rash for some time, but the Dr. dealt with it immediately and there wasn’t a huge problem.

These pine trees are a protected species in Spain and it’s illegal to cut one down, even on your own property without a permit.
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