Mar­ion McMullen

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

A PLAGUE of toxic cater­pil­lars which can cause se­vere rashes and asthma has struck the UK. Large num­bers of oak pro­ces­sion­ary moth lar­vae, left, have al­ready been found in the south east.

The Forestry Com­mis­sion has been urg­ing peo­ple not to touch them and to re­port their round, white nests.

The cater­pil­lars, which first ar­rived here in 2005 on im­ported Dutch trees, de­stroy oaks as they swarm from tree to tree. SLUGS and snails headed back to the top of the list of pests de­tested by Bri­tish gar­den­ers last year.

It is said snails, below, have to be moved at least 20 me­tres (65 feet) – around the length of a cricket pitch – to stop them re­turn­ing to gar­dens.

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