Dorking Trees to be Treated due to Hazardous Moth Infestation
In Moley Valley forest a group of oak trees will have to be treated for the tree pest, Oak Processionary moth. A spokesperson for Forestry England says that contractors will tend to the trees in Coldharbour Wood, near Dorking, Surrey, to remove the caterpillars that can cause itchy rashes, eye and throat irritations.
The caterpillars also feed on the leaves leaving the oak trees more vulnerable to other pests and diseases and less able to withstand against poor weather conditions like floods. Before treatment begins, wildlife experts will check to see if any protected could possibly be affected by the procedure.
It is advised not to touch the caterpillars or moths, but if mild skin or eye irritations occurs contact your pharmacist, for more serious reactions contact a GP or NHS 111.