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Browntail Moths

Maine is home to many insect species as well as many health issues. Browntail moths cause damage to trees in the adult stage. It is when they are in the caterpillar stage that causes the health issues. In Maine, browtail moths will spin filaments that will fold leaves and give their eggs shelter as they move into the next life stage. As they emerge as caterpillars, they have a brown fur that can cause Poison Ivy type rashes and respiratory issues. Even after they complete metamorphosis into the adult stages, the fur can remain. It is recommended to treat as the trees begin to bud.

Mosquito Squad of Southern Maine is now providing treatment for browntail moths as well as education on the species. The mid-coast area of Maine is where we see the most activity. Areas of Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick and Bath have shown the highest populations as well as our Downeast region. Apple and oak trees are the most common trees affected by browntail moths. There are other trees not native to Maine that can be affected as well. This is the time of year to check. If you see curled leaves, chances are your tree is infested. You can remove the leaves and place them in a bucket of soapy water for 24 hours to kill them. For areas you cannot reach, it is best to seek treatment from professionals. There are different ways to treat for browntail moths. Each professional will have their own methods. We at Mosquito Squad of Southern Maine have done our research and will use the most effective treatments that are the most environmentally friendly as we do with all of our applications for ticks and mosquitoes.

Maine has it’s challenges in terms of weather and pests. But as well all know, we have to blessing to live where many come to vacation because of the natural beauty. Mosquito Squad of Southern Maine is here to help you enjoy your yard!

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