I Need to Vent

9:24 PM

I need to vent… about the attack of cankerworms in Richmond, Virginia.

Courtesy www.animals.howstuffworks.com

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!

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  1. Becky, that may be nature, but it's gross too! I'm so sorry for what you're going through, glad you posted about it. Hope they fly away soon!

  2. Oh my word Becky that is crazy..We are in Maryland on the Eastern Shore, and last year we were invaded by stink bugs, thats how my screen to my sliding glass door looked, it was disgusting. But I guess thats nature and we have to deal with all this stuff.

  3. *shudder* I gotta tell ya, I'd avoid going outside until they're gone! Lol! Thankfully we haven't seen anything like that in Western PA...at least not that I've noticed. Then again, we have SNOW on the ground here today. Ugh!


  4. =^b

    We still have a chilll so none of them out around here!! That shot looks like it would be from a
    S-King type fiml =)

    Poping in from vB (and getting out quick so NO lil caterpiller craw my way LOL)

  5. Eek! That is terrifying! They may be part of nature but in many cases (though I'm not sure about these guys) they are not necessarily native to the area causing these takeovers since birds don't eat them.

  6. Your post is making me itch all over!!!!
    We have a horrible mole infestation in our yard causing soft spots and twisted ankles. I was complaining...

    Not anymore!

    I'll take my ground aerating, worm-eating moles any day over what you have!!!

    Hope they disappear soon.... and, since I just drove through Richmond this weekend (NO worms to be seen at the Panera by UVA), I hope none hitch-hiked home with us.

  7. Oh gosh, sorry to hear that. We don't have such invasions from creepy crawlers in the area I live in (thank heavens). I think if we did, I'd freak out ... A LOT.

    When do the worms disappear though?

  8. Ewww, Ewww Ewwww. I found a site that should help you get rid of them.


    or this


  9. Wow, that's crazy how many there are! I couldn't even imagine all the poop they're creating!

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    I hope you have a great rest of your week!



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