This is a different topic for me, but I had to write about the infestation we’re having. Tent caterpillars, or Malacosoma californicum as they are known scientifically, eat the leaves of our 80-foot-alders, crawl over any available surface, and poop everywhere. Looking up, I see bare branches and a few lacy leaves. Looking around me on decks and vehicles and furniture, I see fuzzy, brown, creepy caterpillars and thousands of sticky black spots – their feces.
Every few hours I make the rounds, spraying with the soap that’s safe for all the lovely plants and animals in our island paradise. But my spray bottle and I are no match for the little eating machines.
When will this plague end?