Tent caterpillars, by the hundreds, continue their invasion of southern Saskatchewan. And this past weekend offered little respite for those who are trying to dodge the nasty creatures.
According to one entomologist, we’re right in the middle of the cycle of the caterpillars; they generally converge — with a vengeance — every 7 to 12 years.
Tyler Wist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says there is no avoiding the worms right now.
“They’ll be around for a couple more weeks,” said Wist. “And then, they’re going to pupate. And that’s going to get messy. If you think the caterpillars wandering around has been messy – it’s going to get messy when they start pupating.”
Pupating can be described as the time the caterpillar needs to turn into a moth. During that period, the caterpillar will spin a cocoon and rest virtually anywhere they can find.
Wist says there is almost no use trying to combat the tent caterpillars now.
That opportunity came — and left — a few weeks ago.