Getting Rid of Caterpillars- Did You Know?

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    During late spring and early summer, stinging caterpillars can become a problem, especially in areas with lots of trees.  While insecticides are an option for some, one Central resident, Mr. Owen Prestridge, has a different technique.  Mix a few tablespoons of liquid detergent into a squirt bottle of water.  Then, simply spray the caterpillars with the mixture, and it causes them to dry up.  This also works for the non-stinging variety.  This is an inexpensive and possibly less toxic option to try out before resorting to insecticides.  If you have useful suggestions to share with the community, email them to or send us a letter.


  1. F.Morgan

    May 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks Beth! This is a great idea – it’s very helpful and lots less expensive.

  2. F. Morgan

    May 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Regarding the Carpenter Bees which are out bothering a lot of folks
    and their wood structures right now, here is a suggestion I recently read to help get rid of them. I bet your readers can add some more suggestions.

    “If you want to get rid of carpenter bees without using insecticide you may want to try plugging the entrances with caulk or putty. Now you’re thinking, “but won’t they try to burrow their way out?” The answer is no. For whatever reason, carpenter bees will not try to get out of the nest if they’re trapped inside. So, a lot of people simply caulk or putty the entrances to the carpenter bee galleries and then paint over them. It’ll save you money and time.”

  3. cmay09

    May 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    The detergent and water technique also works well on wasps. I used to put a screw into the holes of carpenter bees also, makes it easier to caulk those holes later.

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