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Re: tent caterpillars

Was going to write in about this earlier, and not sure if someone did or  
not....also not sure these are the same caterpillars down here that you all  
have.....but will take a shot:
We had tent caterpillars one year really bad, tried every type of  spray.  
Finally someone told us about the only non-chemical (and in  our opinion safest 
and surest) method of getting rid of the tent caterpillars is  to rip open the 
outside of the tent and let the wasps do their thing. We  used to get rid of 
all wasps nests as soon as we'd see them, but since then we  leave a few that 
are out of the path of traffic just for this purpose.   Have not had any tent 
caterpillar problems since, and neither do any of our  immediate neighbors.  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 5/9/2005 10:06:10 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

> caterpillars would have  my trees knawed down to the  branches before the  
> figured  out they were  there.

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