I walked outside barefoot last week and when I walked back into the house, I could feel something crawling on my foot. I looked down to see a caterpillar there, and because I'm someone who saves spiders and the like, I carefully picked it up, took it back outside and let it loose.
Bad choice. I found out later I set a killer free - a ravenous gypsy moth caterpillar intent with its brethren on eating every last speck of green off my trees.
I talked with Joe Oszust, an arborist with The Davey Tree Expert Company, about the phenomenon. The best way to stop them from eating all the leaves off your trees is to find and dispose of the eggs in the early spring. For the Capital Region, it's too late for that - the creepy-crawlies are out in abundance. Don't freak out. Two things are going to happen:
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