Brown Tailed Moth Caterpillar - Advice
You may have seen reports of these in the news, here is some advice on dealing with these caterpillars if you find them in your garden or whilst out and about.
These caterpillars are common across many areas of the country as this time of year as they emerge from hibernation. They are particularly active during May and June and may be seen in large numbers.
The tiny hairs of the caterpillar can be an irritant. So people are advised to avoid coming in to contact with them. Anyone who does get caterpillar hairs on their skin should wash the area with warm soapy water.
People who suffer from asthma may be particularly prone to the effects of airborne hairs. If symptoms or irritation persists then medical attention should be sought.