Eliminate Browntail Caterpillars Now! (February)
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is informing people that February is an ideal time to be looking for webbed-together leaves (housing overwintering browntail moth caterpillars) at the tips of apple, crab apple, plum and oak tree branches. If you find any of them, clip them out and submerge them in a bucket of soapy water; do not just clip them and leave them on the ground, as the caterpillars may still survive and find their way back to the trees in the spring when they become active and hungry again.
View the Browntail Moth News Release (with helpful photos and links) (https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDACF/bulletins/1867186).