Gypsy moth caterpillars

by Peg
How can you rid of gypsy moth caterpillar "nests"? They are all over my niece's trees and garden. And also getting close to inside her home. YUCK!
  8 answers
  • Kimberly Thomson Kimberly Thomson on May 17, 2015
    We had a big farm and we used to cut them off and burn them. Best way to do it and eco friendly!
  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on May 17, 2015
    You might also want to spray the trees and bushes with Bacillis Thuringiensis. It is an organic insecticide that is specific for worms and caterpillars. Sold under the trade name, Dipel.
  • K K on May 17, 2015
    We always torched them
  • Leslie C. Ross Leslie C. Ross on May 17, 2015
    It's a very icky job...but with a hand-held torch....have at it.
  • Karen Karen on May 17, 2015
    When they got near around and on the house, we sprayed the with a mixture of dish soap & water & it killed them.
  • Lee Cunningham Green Lee Cunningham Green on May 17, 2015
    there are lots of remedies but I have to agree cutting them down and burning them is really the best, cleanest most efficiant. We did the natural pesticide and ended up with dead gypsy moth bodies everywhere which was gross, The torch is horriffic to watch because they emerge and try to escape terrible to see. I prefer to cut them down and quickly place them into a well established fire so they are gone quickly. I hate killing anything even these annoying critters so I try to make it quick.
  • Peg Peg on May 17, 2015
  • Molly Moo Molly Moo on May 17, 2015
    Look for gypsy moth eggs in the winter and early spring. The egg masses are tan, about 1 inch in diameter, and may be found attached to tree bark or objects that are outdoors year-round. Gypsy moths lay eggs in the summer and the eggs hatch the following spring. 2Spray the nest of eggs with a horticultural oil spray formulated for gypsy moths when the temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The spray will be premixed in a sprayer bottle and can be purchased online or at a garden store. Saturate the eggs with the spray, preventing them from hatching in the spring. 3Scrape egg nests into a container of water mixed with liquid detergent if you do not have horticultural oil spray. Use a paint scraper or other thin-bladed tool to scrape the eggs, taking care not to damage the bark. Hold the container of water under the eggs and ensure no eggs fall on the ground where they will hatch the next spring. 4Leave the eggs in the container of soapy water for at least 48 hours, at which time the eggs can be disposed of in the garbage. Things You Will NeedHorticultural oil sprayThin scraping toolLiquid detergentContainer TipDon't step on the eggs to kill them, some of the eggs will survive.Don't count on a winter freeze to kill the moth eggs. According to the University of Wisconsin Extension, the eggs will survive in temperatures as low as minus 20 F.