Browntail Moth—The caterpillars of the browntail moth release tiny hairs that cause itchy rashes and sometimes respiratory distress. In July and August the moths can be seen on structures. They have a wingspread of about 1 1/2 inches and are strongly attracted to light. Wings and midsection are pure white while the abdomen (rear part of the body) is brown with a conspicuous tuft of brown hairs at the tip. Fall is a good time to plan for next year—learn about removing nests during the winter.
- Information from the Maine Forest Service
- Brochure [PDF]
- List of Licensed Pesticide Applicators Willing to treat Browntail Moth, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and/or Other Pests [PDF]
- List of Arborists willing to PRUNE browntail webs in the winter [PDF]
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has created a new service for Mainers to speak to a specialist about browntail moth issues, including biology, management, pesticide options, health concerns, reducing toxic hair exposure, and potential public policy and economic impacts. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your zip code to 898-211, or emailing email@example.com . 211 Maine will serve as a hub for all State of Maine agencies involved in browntail moth issues. Full press release
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