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Old 06-23-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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My Neighbor came over last night all excited to tell me that he had a couple "nests" of Eastern Tent caterpillars that he took care of, just off of my property line. He wanted to tell me that the things are really easy to get rid of. He pulled out his cigarette lighter, put it up to the web and they actually burst into a fire ball and it sounded like rice crispies poppin. He said the dang thing scared him when it burst into flames like that.

I didn't have the heart to tell him, that just a half hour earlier, I had noticed them, and not having anything to burn them with, tried to kill them with a big dose of carb cleaner I had handy.

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Well I guess one way or the other the little suckers should certainly be dead by now!!

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Now THAT'S funny.
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There was a follow up post later

The guy with the lighter was on the other side of his yard talking to another neighbor. He had his lighter & was up trying to light another nest on fire to show the other neighbor
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Must be a different kind of worm............... these just won't burn. ............... Maybe it's something to do with the tree that they're eating. Yeah. I'll bet that's it.
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You can eliminate those tents with a less toxic method.

Simply add some liquid dish detergent to your ortho spray bottle, and connect to a garden hose. When you wash them down with the soapy water, the surface tension is gone, and the water soaks thru their skins.

Literally drowning them from the inside out!

Cheap, non-toxic and bio-degradable.
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You can eliminate those tents with a less toxic method.

Simply add some liquid dish detergent to your ortho spray bottle, and connect to a garden hose. When you wash them down with the soapy water, the surface tension is gone, and the water soaks thru their skins.

Literally drowning them from the inside out!

Cheap, non-toxic and bio-degradable.
but not nearly as exciting as carb cleaner and a lighter

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