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OPM - Oak processionary moth

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The Forestry Commission has issued an alert for Oak processionary moth (OPM) caterpillars in South London.

People are reminded to keep children & pets away and not to touch caterpillars of the oak processionary moth, and to report any sightings.

OPM caterpillars are a tree pest that feed on oak leaves, and in large numbers they can severely defoliate trees and leave them vulnerable to other pests and diseases.

Their tiny hairs contain a protein which can cause itchy skin rashes, eye and throat irritations and, occasionally, breathing difficulties, in people and animals.

External website links Forestry Commission alert
Alert for South London.
External website links Forestry Commission info
Further info on the Oak processionary moth .
Oak processionary moth caterpillars:
Oak processionary moth caterpillars