Westland and the Delfland Water Board have received reports of nuisance from hybrid satin caterpillars in the dunes. Warning signs have been placed at the beach entrances of Ter Heijde. Next week the signs will also be placed at the other beach entrances where many caterpillars can be found.
If there are many caterpillars, the bugs’ hairs can appear in the air. This sometimes causes complaints without you having been in contact with the caterpillars. The stinging hairs also come off when you touch the caterpillar. Also make sure that the caterpillar does not come into contact with clothing, bath towels and pillows. The complaints are similar to the complaints that cause the stinging hairs of the oak processionary caterpillar
Two weeks ago, Delfland removed as many nests as possible along the walking paths in the dunes, but it cannot prevent the remaining caterpillars from causing nuisance. The caterpillars overwinter in nests in the branches of, for example, the sea buckthorns and in the summer they migrate to the beach.
What to do if you already have complaints?
The Red Cross gives the tip to strip the skin immediately after exposure with adhesive tape and then rinse the skin or eyes with lukewarm water. Clothes that are contaminated with stinging hairs are best washed at 60 degrees. If you continue to suffer from irritation, contact your doctor.
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