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Identification and Control of Tent Caterpillars

As one of the leading pest control companies in Australia, Back 2 No Pest receives a lot of grievances about tent caterpillars eating leaves in tree gardens and dumping behind the horrid faecal mess. This renders backyard grounds unsightly for most people.

Eastern Tent Caterpillar and Forest Tent Caterpillar are most common species of tent caterpillars found in Australia. These pests are also known as ‘armyworms’ because of their style of crawling on ground searching for food together. Tent caterpillars belong to species of Noctuidae moths.

Tent caterpillars are not capable of killing an entire tree, but they do ruin their beauty. In addition, their infestations are not limited to some specific species of trees. They can attack any variety of green in your garden. Their larvae prefer to devour leaves of hardwood trees like plum, cherry, basswood, gums, and oaks. Citrus, azalea, loquat, pine, rose, apple, chokecherry, and black cherry attract them even more. The most Natural DIY Pest Control Services solution for these pests is to expose them to harsh environment conditions like extreme cold and heat. Bug parasites and predators can also help keeping tent caterpillars in check.

It is important to correctly identify the species of pest infestation in order to determine the most suitable treatment.

Here is How You Can Differentiate Between Eastern Tent Caterpillars and Forest Tent Caterpillars:

Eastern Tent Caterpillars

The most prominent feature of Eastern Tent Caterpillar infestation is presence of webs and tents in tree branches. Newly born caterpillars make them for protection against predators. They leave it at morning to find food and crawl back to safety at nights.

Eastern Tent Caterpillars are usually hairy and brown. They have white stripes on their back that are outlined with brown and yellow lines along with a touch of dark blue spots on both sides.

When these pests turn into adult moths, they develop a dark tan colour with two eggshell white stripes on each of their back wings.

Forest Tent Caterpillars

Forest Tent Caterpillars have a brown body with light blue lines on both sides. They are covered with small white hair and have a row of tiny white spots on the middle of their back. At larvae stage, their bodies can have up to 15 keyhole-shaped white marks on along their backs.

When they turn into full grown moths, their bodies develop a brownish colour along with dark opaque stripes on each wing.

Forest Tent Caterpillars lay their eggs is loads of 200 to 400 eggs. They are kept covered in brown body juice and encircled by twigs. These caterpillars do not make webs like Eastern Tent Caterpillar. Rather, they leave threads of trees to mark them while travelling for food.

The only aim in life of a tent caterpillar is to eat and reproduce. When there is scarcity of leaves, these pests move over to other trees in the garden.

Hire Professional Pest Control Services

The most important factor in managing tent caterpillar infestation is timing. It’s easier and effective to deal with these pests when they are in early stages of their life cycle. You can hire Professional Pest Control Brisbane team from Back 2 No Pest to spray pesticides in your gardens. Our experts target the trunks, foliage, and eggs of tent caterpillars to keep large scale infestations at bay. If tent caterpillars recur within 5 to 6 days, it means the infestation is spread across entire neighbourhood and requires a more extensive treatment.

Back 2 No Pest offers professional pest control treatment for all varieties of tent caterpillar infestations. Call us at 1800 441 506, or fill out a contact form to schedule a free inspection of your property.