Landowners plead for help halting caterpillar invasion

By Stu Mills, Ottawa Citizen, July 15, 2020

Property owners in eastern Ontario are calling on their local and provincial governments for help handling an invasion of gypsy moth caterpillars.

The red-and-blue-speckled caterpillars are an invasive species that can completely defoliate a tree, causing long-term damage. 

In the Otty Lake area of Tay Valley Township, about 90 kilometres southwest of Ottawa, the fuzzy caterpillars arrived in June and began munching the oaks and basswoods on Dan Woods's two-hectare property.

"We came here because of the trees. The trees drew us," said the retired military engineer, who moved to the area with Tineke Doornbosch in 2004.

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