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.