They seem adorable and soft!
Your little one wants to hold one and possibly own it as a pet!
Prevent them from holding these cute, soft and innocent looking caterpillars. If you do not, you will regret you didn’t.
CAUTION! Puss Caterpillars are terribly dangerous
So be very cautious when you leave your home. Look for innocent looking caterpillars that are sending people to the ER in record numbers. The critters are named puss caterpillars (Megalopyge opercularis), also known as asps.
You’ll not want to stumble upon these very little critters. They have a very severe sting that will leave a recognizable mark on your skin. The sting is only the start because a conflict with this caterpillar can bring an extremely uncomfortable recovery.
Pain by a Puss Caterpillar (asps) is worse than a scorpion sting!
Puss caterpillars prefer to hide in brush, trees and even inside your home. If a puss caterpillar touches you it will seem like a hot frying pan against your skin. OUCH! These caterpillars possess hollow spines that are chock-full of venom. As noted earlier there have been several severe cases that have been sent to the ER.
So please keep your kids away from this caterpillar! If they long for a pet, a hamster sounds like a safer choice.
Puss Caterpillar Sting Reactions
- Burning feel
- Loss of breathe
- Muscle contractions
- Dip in blood pressure
- Blood can’t clot
Puss Caterpillar’s love the south
Puss caterpillars are commonly found in the Southern United States; and are notably prevalent in Florida and Texas. You could come across these caterpillars further south if you travel to Mexico and South America.
Invasion of Asps in Texas
It is common to encounter Puss caterpillars in Central Texas. And if you find that your landscape and lawn are being occupied by these not so innocent caterpillars please proceed with warning or better yet get ahold of Bulwark Exterminating. We have years of experience managing several types of pests. You won’t be sad you did and who knows it could save you a visit to the emergency room.