Experts Expect Bad Tent Caterpillar Season

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Experts are expecting a large number of tent caterpillars this season and urge residents to keep them under control.

Numbers dropped off after the tent caterpillar outbreak in 2001, but have gradually been increasing over the last few years. The 2001 outbreak involved Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) which resulted in many foal losses.

Lee Townsend, UK Entomologist, says, "Naturally it is on the mind of horse owners. The numbers are up and certainly residents across Central Kentucky need to be aware of the insect."

The caterpillars will begin hatching over the next 2-3 weeks. Experts urge residents to manually trim the nests down or use insecticides during this early stage.

They will be fully developed by late April and early May.

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