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Web Worms
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Chuck in Kansas    Posted 07-03-2003 at 08:47:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone have a way to get rid of Web Worms. It is that time of year and this year it looks like I will have a lot of them.
Thanks


Tom A    Posted 07-03-2003 at 13:11:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use tape to attach my propane torch to a looonnng pole like a broom handle. Put the flame spreader on the torch and light it. I can reach up with that thing and burn the tents and caterpillars without damaging very many tree leaves...the bugs are pretty fragile.

A half hour with the torch on a stick and I can get 'em all out of the yard. Just be careful not to burn yourself!

Tom


Maggie/TX    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:35:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have them here, some years worse than others. On a bad year, they can wipe out a crop from an entire pecan orchard. We had to have a professional come spray our trees, as we didn't have equipment to get up that high. They are kinda like locusts, in that they make their web or tent and eat everything within it and they spread fast!


Lenore    Posted 07-03-2003 at 11:38:48       [Reply]  [No Email]

There is no permanent solution!
They just keep on reproducing.
I have learned to pick them off my roses with my little fingers.
Then I drop them on the ground;
and stomp them with my little shoe!
It is just a symbol of my feelings about them.
It is not a solution, just revenge.
I am sure the survivors dont care,
but it does make me feel a little better.


Jimbob    Posted 07-03-2003 at 11:01:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I spray with light motor oil- we call them Tent Worms in MI.


Les    Posted 07-03-2003 at 09:53:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any insecticide should work. Go to your farm/garden/hardware/whatever store. You might want to get a sprayer. I have two different sprayers, one for insecticide and one for herbicide (Roundup, for instance). It's probably not a good idea to spray herbicide on your trees to kill insects. ";^)


Dunno what they are...    Posted 07-03-2003 at 08:55:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is that anything lick tent caterpillars?...If so, just trim the branch about 5 inches below the nest, spritz it with gas and toss it in a lit fire...

Salmoneye


rhouston    Posted 07-03-2003 at 10:11:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
when we were little our stepfather sent us around with gas soaked rags on a stick. light the rag and hold UNDER the tent far enough to not seriously burn the tree but close enough to get the caterpillars hot. They drop off the tree and into the flame. I still use this method.


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 09:59:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
You will notice they climb up the trees.Wrap tin foil around the tree trunk five feet up.A one foot wide roll.Grease tin foil with lubriplate,Put several rocks around base of tree.The worms crawl on tin foil,slip and fall on rocks induceing catastopic injuries.-------------------- Or,Let them run through and move elswhere..-------Or pay a proffessional exterminator a big wad of spondulus to spray high in the trees with his highpowered sprayer.


Les    Posted 07-03-2003 at 09:50:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye, I think the web worms are the "fall" version of the tent caterpillars. You must have them over there on the left coast. They make their crummy looking nests out on the ends of branches where as the tent caterpillars get together in the crotches of trees, especially fruit trees like cherry and apple.
They don't do a real lot of harm, just are an unsightly nuisance.


Ahhh...    Posted 07-03-2003 at 10:03:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
We just make fun of the ones in the fall...Stoopid worms...Don't they know it's gonna be 20 below pretty soon?...

;-)

Salmoneye


Les    Posted 07-03-2003 at 10:13:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does it ever get that cold on the shores of Lake Champlain?
You shouldn't make fun of them. There's always some the next year so they must know what they're doing.


Salmoneye    Posted 07-03-2003 at 10:18:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yah...It gets that cold...Sometimes colder...Had a lot of -10 last winter, even without the lake locked up...When it did lock we had a couple weeks of -18 to -25 mornings...

I need more wood...