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Deadly caterpillar sightings in UK cause insecticides sale spike

Summer is great for the hot weather, BBQs, and trips to the beach, but it is also the time when we have to battle the most insects.

From bees and wasps to caterpillars, there are many insects to contend with, especially to stop our garden from being eaten alive, and research has shown the sale of insecticides has soared. Research from OnBuy.com has shown that sales of insecticides have surged by almost 1,000% this week and it is because of the toxic caterpillar species which have been spotted across the UK recently.

The caterpillars eat shrubbery, causing trees and bushes to lose their leaves, and the hairs of the bug can cause skin irritation and potential breathing problems in humans. Brown-tail moth caterpillars are most dangerous to dogs as if ingested they can cause digestive issues and lesions which can be fatal.

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Liam Tickner, garden and outdoor living category manager at OnBuy, said: “Our data shows a colossal increase in sales of insecticides this week, with sales increasing almost tenfold. The increase coincides with media reports that toxic Brown-tail moth caterpillars have been spotted in several areas of the country. Brits have responded by rushing to purchase caterpillar insecticides - after all, it pays to be prepared.”

Brown-tail month caterpillars can be in found north England and the insects emerge in springtime. Their numbers increase throughout the summer and Liam also warned about other insects.

He said: “As we progress into spring and summertime, it is not just Brown-tail moth caterpillars that gardeners and pet owners have to be concerned about a whole host of bugs and creepy crawlies are set to invade our gardens."

Will you be using insecticide to protect your garden this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

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