gardens by the Thousands populate the black, hairy, up to seven centimeters long, animals and houses, and even the outdoor pool in Gunzenhausen: Gypsy moth caterpillars.

this spring, have multiplied the insect in the forest of the middle Franconian city explosion, said a spokeswoman for the city on Monday.

Also in the Thuringian town of Gera, the animals occur mass occur and eat the plants in the gardens bare. The municipality offered to the residents last week, alternate quarters – these were not, however, claimed, a spokeswoman said. The fire Department distributed mosquito nets.

To combat the voracious Gypsy moth caterpillars in the Gera district of Liebschwitz and he wants to use the city for the time being, no chemical insecticide. A means that the up to five inches long Gypsy moth caterpillars could be destroyed in its current stage of development yet, it would also harm other living beings and the environment, said Konrad, nick Schick, technical service, head of environment at the city, on Monday. “That would not grab other insects in the broadband away, because it acts specifically.” In the coming year the caterpillars may be eliminated at an early stage with a biological pesticide. In addition, the eggs of the animals could be collected.

Before Gunzenhausen’ve eaten the caterpillars already a 117-acre woodland bald – and in the past few days on the way to the neighbouring settlement made. Many of the residents of the castle, stable forest, with the nerves at the end. As immediately the help of professional pest controller had been appointed.

Above all, the facades of the forest adjacent to the houses are dotted spinners with a Sponge. They came at night they came to the head, and you’ll get rid of them, complained of a sore owner of the house in the Bavarian broadcasting.

The Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) is a warmth-loving moth. He has a tendency, particularly after the warm-dry early summers to outbreaks, which may affect the growth of the trees is strong and for the people be annoying.

After a city Council resolution was omitted this year in Gunzenhausen on a chemical control of the insect. The reason was that the state forestry operation, about two-thirds of the castle’s stables, forest, belong, have rejected the use of pesticides, said the First mayor, Karl-Heinz Fitz (CSU).

Gypsy moth did fly a large number of natural enemies such as Caterpillar and brackish wasps, which can contribute to a mass multiplication in a natural way, as it is with the Swiss Federal research Institute for forest, snow and landscape research (WSL). The British conservationist Dave Goulson explains in his book “Wildlife Gardening”, just the use of insecticides, creating a vicious circle: When you spray only the pests, like the Gypsy moth, but also many of its enemies are not dying. The populations of plant pests recovered of which often much faster than their enemies – in the Wake of the pest, could be infested then, worse than without the use of pesticides.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.