I Need to Vent9:24 PM
I need to vent… about the attack of cankerworms in Richmond, Virginia.
If you live in Richmond, VA, you are fully aware of the caterpillars that have taken over our City! They are out of control. Our storage shed is covered in these worms. I’m not kidding. I couldn’t turn the knob to enter the shed without squishing at least 10 of them. My garden gloves were in the shed! Yuck.
Spring arrived early this year, which experts say is the cause of this swarm of cankerworms. That’s all fine and dandy, but no one’s telling us what to do with them. Scientists tell us not to bother them because it’s all a part of nature. What about our trees? My oak trees are looking pretty sad.
What’s even more disgusting is that it’s “raining” caterpillar poop. When you stop and listen, you can hear it. I try not to go in my backyard without my umbrella. I’m sure my neighbors think I’m crazy. The other day, I did yard work while holding my umbrella. It was a must! When I got inside, I had 15 baby caterpillars crawling on my shirt. Gross!
My kids thought these creatures were fascinating AT FIRST. Several trips to the playground and we were loading up on adorable “inch worms.” They were cute and green and part of nature. My kids were learning how fragile life was because these insects were so delicate. Not anymore! Even they are bothered that they can’t play in the yard without choking on a bug!
I know these guys will follow their path and turn into the moths they are supposed to be. I wish it were sooner than later!