Attention: Skin diseases caused by the oak processionary moth

Caterpillars: hairy, fluffy, droll and harmless? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that!
It is well known that caterpillars cause damage quickly due to their insatiable greed in our gardens. But that they are now also really toxic, kicks the bottom of the barrel! The oak processionary moth spreads in this country and continues to leave its mark: Gifthaare. The Oak Processionary Mistress leaves them everywhere in nature: on the trees, on the ground and even in the air. Those who bring their skin into direct contact with the poisonous hairs can experience unpleasant surprises: inflammation, nodules and even hives can occur, which is generally referred to as caterpillar dermatitis. Caution is especially important when the caterpillar hair gets into the eyes, because here strong conjunctivitis can be the result. And inhalation can cause coughing, shortness of breath or even an asthma attack.

Attention: Skin diseases caused by the oak processionary moth: diseases

Brut on the march: The oak procession moth grows from May to June and keeps us with its poisonous hair years later on the go

Year-round threat!

The oak processionary spinner gets really hot during the main harvest time from May to June and poses a real danger for us during this period. However, that does not mean that the biscuit is eaten in the months after that, because the poisonous hairs can last for years and piesaken us with their nettle poisons. So watch out as you move through the undergrowth or ground cover, as you quickly catch some of these hairs.

What to do in contact with poisonous hair?

  • Do not panic, do not act hectically. But work fast!
  • If possible, change your clothes on site, shoes are wet to clean
  • Look for tape to remove the caterpillar hairs. Wear gloves!
  • Home a neat shower, with soap, foam and hair shampoo
  • Put clothes in the machine and wash at least 60 degrees
  • Dog was with? Then he belongs bathed!
  • Unpleasant skin reactions on the skin? Do not dawdle for a long time, go to the doctor!
  • You can not breathe? 112!

Oak procession spider nest discovered? To register!
If you're about to stumble upon one of the spooky Oaks procession spinners, you know what to expect and what to do. In addition, there is a reporting requirement for the nests of this spinner; Please contact the responsible health or horticultural office immediately.

(Information via ECARF)
(Image: Albrecht E. Arnold -

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