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Tent Caterpillar Population Likely to Decline Next Year

The MD of Bonnyville’s Director for Agricultural and Waste Services, Matt Janz is hoping this year is the worst the area sees for tent caterpillars for a long time.

“They usually go on a three-year cycle. So we’re hoping this will be one of the last (bad) years.” Janz says in the past caterpillars have usually kept reasonable numbers for around 7 to 8 years before going on a three or so year tear causing large swaths of trees to have all their leaves eaten away. He adds though that there are positives to this.

“It’s nature’s process…. with all of the leaves gone on some of the big trees, that allows grass and other plants to thrive with more sunlight.”

However, he adds that he understands that property owners want to keep their trees nice and green and the MD is offering resources to help fight the issue. The MD is more than willing to answer any questions owners might have and can pass along the names of contractors who specialize in pest extermination. The MD can also recommend which insecticides are the best to use in a particular situation.

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