Forest tent caterpillars rev up for 'the big one' in northern Minnesota

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  • Updated: June 5, 2012 - 11:11 AM

This year's infestation of native forest tent caterpillars will probably build to a major one in 2-3 years, the DNR said.

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shimbumJun. 4, 12 8:26 PM

These are the buggers eating up my garden. And no, my rosemary is not recovering, nor are most of my tender starts.

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brandleyJun. 4, 12 8:51 PM

They are not just in northern and west central Minnesota. They are in Lakewood Cemetery and the Lake Harriet area.

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happy2commntJun. 4, 12 9:12 PM

Do any of you remember the Army Worm attack in the early 80's? I am from Duluth and still remember snow plows running the highway because the highways were thick with them.

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owatonnabillJun. 4, 12 9:22 PM

Army worms. On a very still evening you can hear them as well as smell them. I remember as a child, the roads in Northern MN were thick with them to the extent that cars would slide on the muck of squashed worms like they were on ice. Yuck!

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bosshogJun. 4, 12 9:47 PM

No mention was made of all the birds feasting on them too.

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reader2580Jun. 4, 1210:32 PM

I was up north of Park Rapids last week and the tent caterpillars were thick, but not as bad as the photo.

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StarquestJun. 4, 1210:50 PM

Who needs Agent Orange when you can just use caterpillars?

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kennyrogersJun. 4, 1211:13 PM

Wow! And I thought the Miller moths were bad.

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markyankJun. 4, 1211:29 PM

This infestation started 3 years ago. When a tree is overwhelmed by this Caterpillar, it can only get worse year after year. They have been in my Basswood, which sounds like they're 2nd choice tree, for three years now. I've been spraying, but to no major effect. I read the article a few weeks ago and was lied to, them telling me no problem with all the bug around the lakes walk ways. It is a MAJOR problem in the cities, and now is the time to deal with it.

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cootoriginalJun. 5, 12 1:04 AM

I took a video of army worms on a tree in my yard here in St. Cloud that look much like the pic in the article. I should post it on you tube. Today I looked at my ash trees and they had leaves curling up, dried out with the juice all sucked out of the leaves. Underneath the shriveled leaves were army worms. They aren't just in Milacs area and north. I've had them in my St. Cloud yard for several years for sure.

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