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BROWNTAIL MOTH UPDATE/RESOURCES

June 13, 2017

MAINE FOREST SERVICE WARNS OF INCREASE IN BROWNTAIL MOTH CATERPILLAR INFESTATION IN 2017.
For those who are unfamiliar with BTM, the hairs of the larvae cause a rash similar to poison ivy and can also cause respiratory distress in sensitive individuals. The hairs persist for a number of years and can continue to cause problems when mowing or other activities stir them up. The caterpillars eat the leaves of oak, apple and other hardwood trees from May to early July and can cause branch dieback and may eventually kill the tree.

THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION ON BROWNTAIL MOTH CATERPILLARS, Wednesday, September 27, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Town Council Chambers

This will be a general information presentation focusing on:

 how to identify browntail moth caterpillars and overwintering webs;
 how to prepare and control for browntail moth caterpillars;
 precautions residents in affected areas should take.

Presenters: Lynne Holland, Community Education Assistant, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Rebecca Miller, RN, MPH, Maine Health Educator, Northern New England Poison Center.


DOCUMENTARY INFORMATION
Please note the documents from the Maine Forest Service attached on the right.

USEFUL LINKS
ELIMINATE BROWNTAIL MOTH CATERPILLARS NOW!
A State of Maine Entomologists video showing how to clip the webs and a list of arborists who could prune webs can be found

UMAINE WEBINAR
How to Recognize, Treat, and Manage It

MIDCOAST BROWNTAIL MOTHS
A Midcoast Clearinghouse of info

THE MAINE FOREST SERVICE BROWNTAIL MOTH WEBSITE
This site has info including:
• A slide show of the History and Current Situation in Maine
• Description of the BTM and how to control it
• What the overwintering webs look like
• A list of Licensed Pesticide Applicators for landowners to contact this winter about potential control work in the spring
• State Law specific to BTM control near the ocean