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Identifying Black Hairy Caterpillars?

I have hundreds of black hairy caterpillars all over my yard. How do I find out what kind they are?

By K Coles

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

They could be tent caterpillars, that form webs in trees and shrubs.

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February 6, 20120 found this helpful

Go to your local greenhouse with a sample, they will know what they are - that's what I do with creatures and plants I'm not sure of. Hope this helps.

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February 6, 20120 found this helpful

Try taking one or two (or a photograph of them) to your local extension ag agent. He or she will be able to identify the critter, and tell you what (if any-some bugs are beneficial) pest control you should use.

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You can also Google to find the local extension agent website, where you'll find page after page of information geared to your specific area-maybe even a pic and info on the caterpillars in your garden.

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