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Lorraine. Do you spend your day scratching? Red alert for stinging caterpillars

Processionary caterpillars are very itchy.
Processionary caterpillars are very itchy. (©Adobe Stock)

The alert is launched during this period of intense heat. The processionary caterpillars, causing severe itching on those affected, are everywhere in the forests and green spaces of the region.

Many municipalities have issued warnings because of the presence of these insects and two schools are even closed in Moselle.

The region on red alert, municipalities sound the alert

Several municipalities in the region have launched an alert in the face of the presence of these caterpillars, such as Thionville in Moselle, Laneuveville in Meurthe-et-Moselle or even Woustviller in eastern Moselle, which has launched a treatment campaign.








Two schools closed in Moselle

In Moselle, the town of Faulquemont had to announce the closure of two schools because of the presence of too many caterpillars. “The particularly significant proliferation this year of processionary caterpillars forced the municipality to close the Bas-Steinbesch school group on Friday, June 18,” said the town on social networks.

“A welcome will be provided at the Stade elementary school for parents who do not have a childcare solution. Parents will have to drop off and pick up their child at the Stade school by their own means, ”she added.


Dangerous for humans, fatal for dogs

The hairs of the processionary caterpillar cause a stinging reaction or hivesa painful rash with severe itching. Often medical intervention is required. The stinging hairs can persist for years after the disappearance of the caterpillar.

People who come into contact with processionary caterpillars often have increasing symptoms. In severe cases, anaphylactic shock can be life threatening.

In front of some of our four-legged friends, especially dogs, these stinging caterpillars can be dangerous. In animals, cases of necrosis of the tongue are very common. Curious animals approach and make contact with their truffles or, worse, take them in their mouths.

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