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Islanders warned over moth nests

Caterpillars in a tree
The larvae can cause allergy-like symptoms

People living and working in an area of Jersey have been warned not to touch a number of large moth nests.

Toxins found in oak processionary moth larvae, normally found in Eastern Europe, can cause severe skin reactions if they are touched.

The moths feed on oak trees and large silken nests containing caterpillars can be found hanging from the trees.

It is thought they may have been brought over to Five Oaks in vehicles or by the wind.

Contact with the creatures can cause itching, rashes, conjunctivitis and, in some cases, breathing problems.

They are named after their habit of forming nose-to-tail processions on the trees.

People are warned not to handle the creatures, remove or disturb the nests.


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